QPR will be looking to end Brighton’s unbeaten run in the Championship as they take on Chris Hughton’s Brighton side at Loftus Road tonight (KO 19:45).
Rangers fans will be hoping to see Charlie Austin’s name in the starting XI on Tuesday evening as QPR’s leading scorer has apparently overcome his calf problem.
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Following his 30 minute appearance against Burnley, Austin will be looking to add to his tally of eight league goals to give QPR a chance of overcoming league leaders Brighton. Brighton are undefeated in the first 20 games of the season, an all time record for the Championship as Chris Hughton’s side look to consolidate at the league summit.
QPR’s hopes of getting a result are boosted by Brighton’s poor track record at Loftus Road – the Seagulls have only managed to score twice in their last seven league visits. Brighton are also feeling the pressure as a Middlesbrough victory against Burnley means the Seagulls will need three points to stay top.
New QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be looking to build upon the goalless draw with Burnley in what will be his second game in the dugout.
Interim manager Neil Warnock did a superb job after the sacking of Chris Ramsey, tightening things up at the back and fans will be hoping of yet another good defensive display tonight. Its now five clean sheets at home in a row which has transformed the former Premier League side.
Hasselbaink will be hoping the pressing style that paid off against Burnley will help extend QPR’s consecutive run of clean sheets at home. The last three meetings of the two sides at Loftus Road have ended all square, but Hasselbaink will be hoping Austin’s return could see the home team take all three points.
Albion head to London without Liam Rosenior, Gaetan Bong and Kazenga LuaLua. Brighton’s leading league scorers Tomer Hemed and Bobby Zamora are likely to be available and will be looking to overcome QPR’s recent run of clean sheets at home.
Zamora especially will be looking to improve on his goal tally as he returns to his former employers, having spent four years at Loftus Road, and winning the hearts of Rangers fans with his winning goal in the 2014 playoff final, which sent QPR to the Premier League.
Overall, it looks to be a close contest, with Brighton very slight favourites. Both teams have a lot to play for as the Seagulls are looking to stay top of the table and QPR are hoping to stay in touching distance of the playoff positions.
It will be interesting to see if Hasselbaink chooses to retain a tight defensive focus or is more willing to liven things up and give Austin a chance to add to his impressive tally.
QPR look a big price at 7/4 to take all three points, while those who expect another Brighton win can back the seagulls at 2/1.