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Big Preview: QPR

28 March 2014

Saturday - Loftus Road - 3PM

Blackpool face another challenging away trip this weekend. This time Barry Ferguson will be masterminding a plan of to take three points from high-flying QPR, who look well placed for a shot at the play-offs in May.

Defeat at Bolton mid-week denied The Seasiders back-to-back victories for the first time under the Scot, but another performance full of commitment allows them to travel to London hopeful of causing an upset.

Despite varying results for the bottom teams in The Championship, Pool remained nine points clear of the relegation zone following Tuesday’s round of games.

QPR is one of a number of tough away fixtures still to come for Pool, which include trips to Brighton and Wigan, so Ferguson will want that first away win sooner rather than later.

The Londonders will be a tough test however, as they have a host of ex-Premier League players, and were widely backed to cruise to promotion before a ball was kicked this season.

Currently sat inside the play-offs, The Rs will need to overturn the ten point deficit they have on Burnley if they’re to go up automatically, but a shot at the play-offs looks likely to be the minimum achievement.

Team News
Blackpool’s injury list is increasing each week, and they’ll be without Ricardo Fuller on Saturday, who has been a key player this season.

Kirk Broadfoot, Stephen Dobbie and Steven Davies are also set to miss out injured, but Tom Barkhuizen did return on Tuesday and is fit to travel.

Meanwhile Pool are set to hand striker Apostolos Vellios a debut after he joined on loan from Everton on Thursday.

For QPR, Tuesday’s match winner Yossi Benayoun will sit out suspended after he picked up two yellow cards.

Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar have been ruled out on the game, whilst Charlie Austin, Matt Phillips and Kevin Doyle remain long-term absentees. 

Recent Form
Two wins in recent weeks have lifted the spirits around Bloomfield Road, but unfortunately the Huddersfield victory was followed up with a narrow defeat at Bolton.

Last Five: LWLWL

QPR have won their last two games, as they look to settle their indifferent form which has left them behind Burnley and Leicester. A victory over Wigan on Tuesday ended The Latics’ 10-man unbeaten run.

Last Five: LWLWW

Head-To-Head
The two sides met at Bloomfield Road in December, but despite a positive home performance, Phillips and Austin sealed at 2-0 win for QPR. The last time Pool travelled to Loftus Road they drew 1-1 in 2009, when Ben Burgess was on target. 

Compete Record: Blackpool Wins: 3, QPR Wins: 14, Draws: 9


Connections
Former-Seasider Phillips is now at QPR, whilst DJ Campbell, Danny Shittu, Ian Evatt and David Beardsley have played for both teams, and Ian Holloway has been in charge of the two clubs.

Tickets
Blackpool supporters can pay on the day at Loftus Road with cash, but only Gold prices will be available.

Adults: £30
60+ and 16-21 year olds: £20
Juniors (under 16): £15

Betting
Blackpool can be backed at 9/2 to claim a first away win since November, whilst QPR are at 8/13 and a draw is 13/5 with Sky Bet.

Robert Earnshaw can be backed to score first at 9/1, whilst David Goodwillie is at 3/1 to score in the 90 minutes.

Other Fixtures
Burnley v Leicester (12:15)
Birmingham v Bournemouth
Bolton v Wigan
Brighton v Middlesbrough
Derby v Charlton
Ipswich v Nottingham Forest
Leeds v Doncaster
Millwall v Blackburn
Reading v Huddersfield
Sheff Wed v Watford
Yeovil v Barnsley


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