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Match Preview: QPR

Seasiders Host Rs In Third Round of Carabao Cup

25 September 2018

Blackpool and QPR meet for the first time since March 2014 this evening, with a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup up for grabs.

The Seasiders, currently unbeaten in 10 matches, set up this tie following a 2-1 victory at Doncaster Rovers in the last round, while the visitors knocked out Bristol Rovers at Loftus Road. 

Team News: 

Manager Terry McPhillips is expected to make a couple of changes, with the likes of Michael Nottingham and Callum Guy pushing for starts after substitute appearances on Saturday. Donervon Daniels continues to miss out due to suspension, while Jimmy Ryan and Max Clayton remain more longer-term absentees. 

Four ex-Blackpool players - Joe Lumley, Alex Baptiste, Grant Hall and Bright Osayi-Samuel - could feature for QPR, though the former two may not start after lining up against Norwich City on Saturday. Manager Steve McClaren is expected to rotate his squad, like in previous rounds, but Angel Rangel and Geoff Cameron won't be involved. 

Manager Views: 

Terry McPhillips:

"It's a big game and we want to win, as I'm sure they do. It's going to be a hard game because they're a team in The Championship.

"It's another opportunity for some of the lads to stake a claim and an opportunity to get in the next round. We'll be doing our best to win the game."   

Steve McClaren:  

"We want to win this game - you never put a team out not wanting to win - but we are also using this match to give time to players in the squad who need these games to prove themselves, so if players are out of form, they can step in.

"How will Blackpool approach this? It's an interesting one and I don't know. They are just outside the play-offs and looking at their team, they must have play-off hopes because they are good enough to do that." 

Tickets: 

Tickets for tonight's match can be purchased right up until kick-off from the ticket office. 

Tickets are priced at: 

- £10 for Adults
- £5 for Concessions

Both sets of supporters will be housed in the West Stand. 

Other Carabao Cup Ties Tonight: 

AFC Bournemouth vs Blackburn Rovers
Burton Albion vs Burnley
Manchester United vs Derby County
Millwall vs Fulham
Oxford United vs Manchester City
Preston North End vs Middlesbrough
West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City
Wycombe Wanderers vs Norwich City 


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