MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

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MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Sutekh » 04 Oct 2022 22:24



When : Friday, 7th October 2022, 8pm
Where : Loftus Road Stadium, South Africa Road, London, W12 7PA
Capacity : 18,439

Annoyingly moved for the ****** telly, this game is going to be as hard as you get in this division especially given Reading’s inability to change much given the ongoing injury problems. At least, though, QPR have had two awkward away trips to handle not least all the way to Sheffield on Tuesday. Trouble is they won both and are now just 1 point behind Reading.

QPR were useful last season but faded, over the summer they seem to have consolidate their squad slightly with a few useful loanee youngsters from the PL and the permanent captures of Jake Clarke-Salter from Chelsea and Leon Balogun from Rangers. Consequently they seem to be re-assuming the a mantle of being rather good .

Form is pretty impressive too with 5 wins and a draw from their last 7 games, so this isn’t going to be easy especially after January’s performance there which hopefully will serve as something that Reading will want to put right.

The usual pain in the arse for Reading will be supplied by Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair (4 goals between them so far). However the main threat actually looks to be the former Arsenal and Benfica youngster Chris Willock who has already bagged 6 goals from his midfield position, and Stefan Johansen - so the fakes’ midfield is going to have to be marshalled very carefully as that would seem to be the area from which most damage is produced.

7 out injured for Reading and none expected back in time for this game while QPR will have 2 players (Rob Dickie and Taylor Richards) unable to partake of kicking a bit of plastic about a 1940s cowshed in West London.

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Thomas “away games only” Bramall

Previously

12 Mar 22 > Nottingham Forest 4-0 Reading
06 Nov 21 > Birmingham City 1-2 Reading
02 Oct 21 > Cardiff City 0-1 Reading

Historically

QPR and Reading are regular opponents. Right back into Victorian times they’ve been knocking six bells out of each other with the only gap of any real note being when QPR caught a bout of ambition back in the late 60s which saw them disappear into Loftusier circulation for the best part of 3 decades. Luckily Reading had been successfully vaccinated against ambition at some point in the mid 1950s and so managed to avoid such pretensions until well into the 1990s.

Yet despite this and the ongoing protestations from both camps over who has the actual right to wear blue and white hoops this is yet another of those should be derby games that aren’t derby games.

So this is the 49th season and 97th time the two clubs have gone in search of Football League points. It’s therefore the 49th visit to the “Meccano bowl”, that hybrid matchbox of steel and wood that masquerades as a football stadium down in deepest, darkest Shepherd’s Bush.

As you’d probably expect the home side has had much the better of things with Reading managing only 12 victories compared to the 21 so far notched by the “fakes”. Recently though there hasn’t been much for Reading to live up to at Loftus Road as the recent run there has seen just 2 wins in the last 10 league trips all capped offf by last season's utterly pathetic display and resultant 4 goal (should have been twice that) hammering.

Reading owe QPR something. But we’d probably all be happy with a draw.

How to follow the game
  1. Get a ticket (if you can afford it)
  2. Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
  3. Ring/text a mate for updates
  4. Use a RoyalTV subscription
  5. BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Zip » 05 Oct 2022 01:11

Willock picked up an injury tonight and likely to be out for a few weeks.

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by Jackson Corner » 05 Oct 2022 01:59

Friday night, train strike ,live on Sky the M4 shut, and £36 quid! What planet are there owners on? They do know there is a recession looming? Be amazed if anyone bothers going.

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by Stranded » 05 Oct 2022 07:45

Jackson Corner Friday night, train strike ,live on Sky the M4 shut, and £36 quid! What planet are there owners on? They do know there is a recession looming? Be amazed if anyone bothers going.


We've pretty much sold out the away end already - am sure some will find it tough to get there now but there will be a very healthy number of people not able to see the crossbar of the goal directly in front of the away end.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Theroyalbox » 05 Oct 2022 08:29

Only around 300 tickets left! Great effort with the prices!


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by YorkshireRoyal99 » 05 Oct 2022 08:52

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Jackson Corner Friday night, train strike ,live on Sky the M4 shut, and £36 quid! What planet are there owners on? They do know there is a recession looming? Be amazed if anyone bothers going.


We've pretty much sold out the away end already - am sure some will find it tough to get there now but there will be a very healthy number of people not able to see the crossbar of the goal directly in front of the away end.


On the note of fans, thought the atmosphere last night was really good throughout really. I also noticed the end opposite to C1871 and the away fans was looking more bulky as well and the attendance was up at over 16,000 at the weekend which is certainly a positive sign. Hopefully we can see this continue consistently.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Sutekh » 05 Oct 2022 12:33

QPR are expected to sign Elijah Dixon-Bonner, a free agent midfielder last at Liverpool, today

Chris Willock is likely to miss the game with a hamstring problem also keeper Seny Dieng isa doubt with a thigh problem that saw him reduced to having defenders taking goal kicks last night.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Hound » 05 Oct 2022 13:49

Prob go with same team as Tuesday if they are all fit and recovered

Be nice to have yiadom back on the bench and fresh strikers and midfielders ready to come on when needed

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by NewCorkSeth » 05 Oct 2022 17:36

Hound Prob go with same team as Tuesday if they are all fit and recovered

Be nice to have yiadom back on the bench and fresh strikers and midfielders ready to come on when needed

Dunno man, our next few fixtures look fairly tough on paper. Maybe a good time to rest Hoilett? Or Ince? Dunno which fixtures are easiest out of the next few tbh but would like us beat West Brom while they're down.


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Zip » 05 Oct 2022 17:44

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Jackson Corner Friday night, train strike ,live on Sky the M4 shut, and £36 quid! What planet are there owners on? They do know there is a recession looming? Be amazed if anyone bothers going.


We've pretty much sold out the away end already - am sure some will find it tough to get there now but there will be a very healthy number of people not able to see the crossbar of the goal directly in front of the away end.


On the note of fans, thought the atmosphere last night was really good throughout really. I also noticed the end opposite to C1871 and the away fans was looking more bulky as well and the attendance was up at over 16,000 at the weekend which is certainly a positive sign. Hopefully we can see this continue consistently.



The atmosphere was very was good but the gate was very poor and under 12,000.

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by Jackson Corner » 05 Oct 2022 18:50

1871 club has been a brilliant success the atmosphere has been great all season. The Blackburn game was the best I can remember for a long time. If that’s right we have sold our allocation (including the bottom tier?) then fair play to those going the parking round there is non existent.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by SouthDownsRoyal » 05 Oct 2022 22:13

QPR 2-0 Reading :|

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by Theroyalbox » 06 Oct 2022 08:14

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by Stranded » 06 Oct 2022 08:53

Noticed that this is the start of a massively difficult run of away games - based on current league positions. Our next 3 away games are at:

QPR - 4th
Swansea - 6th
Burnley - 5th

So the rest of the teams currently in the play-off spots. 3 or 4 from that little run will be an excellent return. Worth noting that of the 9 games left until the world cup, only 3 are at home. Away form is going to be important in the next month and will define if we hang around the top 6 or drift back towards mid-table.

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by Hound » 06 Oct 2022 08:58

Stranded Noticed that this is the start of a massively difficult run of away games - based on current league positions. Our next 3 away games are at:

QPR - 4th
Swansea - 6th
Burnley - 5th

So the rest of the teams currently in the play-off spots. 3 or 4 from that little run will be an excellent return. Worth noting that of the 9 games left until the world cup, only 3 are at home. Away form is going to be important in the next month and will define if we hang around the top 6 or drift back towards mid-table.


Yeah tough games. Burnley ex prem, whilst the other 2 are on good form.

Anyway near the top 7 at the WC break and I’ll be pretty happy

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Hound » 06 Oct 2022 11:04

Quite a nice and interesting preview on The Athletic site for anyone who has the subscription

Also an article on Norwich which discusses the Tuesday match

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Millsy » 06 Oct 2022 11:05

Shittest champ ground I've been to. No thanks.

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by windermereROYAL » 06 Oct 2022 18:39

Millsy Shittest champ ground I've been to. No thanks.


Can`t argue with that, awful place.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a)

by Zip » 06 Oct 2022 18:57

Have a feeling Ejaria will start tomorrow night to give one of the midfielders a rest.

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by Hound » 06 Oct 2022 19:15

Zip Have a feeling Ejaria will start tomorrow night to give one of the midfielders a rest.


Thought he looked sharp when he came on. Have to try to keep him fit, need his experience and discipline

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