Bristol City find themselves sitting precariously on the edge of the relegation zone heading into Saturday afternoon’s visit from QPR.
QPR are positioned nine points ahead of Bristol while only a single point separates City and the threat of League One.
Bristol’s misery is further compounded by the 4-0 massacre they suffered at the hands of Derby County earlier in the week and it looks like it won;t be getting any easier as Bristol City take on QPR from Ashton Gate thus afternoon.
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It’s possible for 22nd place Charlton to leapfrog Bristol City, should Charlton gain even a point against Burnley and Bristol lose by a few goals, something that is far from impossible.
Bristol boss Steve Cotterill was heavily critical of his side after the Derby game, an assessment that few fans would disagree with. He has already announced he plans to make changes to the starting XI against QPR.
Cotterill will have strikers Aaron Wilbraham and Jonathan Kodjia available after resting them in midweek and may hope they can inject something resembling a threat into the City side.
QPR fans are rejoicing after their leading goalscorer and all around best player Charlie Austin publicly stated he will not be departing the club in January.
There had been widespread speculation linking Austin with a January window departure, with Newcastle seen as a probable destination. However, Austin has announced he fully intends to stay with the club until the end of the season.
Austin has scored in each of his previous two meetings against Bristol City and will be looking to extend that record on Saturday.
QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was pleased to note that Austin showed no signs of his calf injury in his midweek return, a game in which he was able to net twice.
QPR right-back James Perch will not be available for selection due to the injury suffered against Brighton. T
he right side of QPR’s defense is therefore an area that Steve Cotterill might direct his men to focus on at the weekend.
Almost no one expects Bristol to beat QPR and it is difficult to see where their next win will come from.
However, managing even a draw against Hasselbaink’s men would be a huge statement of intent. City desperately need some hope to cling on to heading into the Festive Period.
It would be a huge embarrassment and upset for QPR if it came at their expense.