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Albion v QPR match preview

16 August 2018

ALBION host Queen’s Park Rangers at The Hawthorns on Saturday to cap off a hectic run of five first-team fixtures in two weeks.

The opposition 

QPR have started with Sky Bet Championship defeats to Preston and Sheffield United, but did beat Peterborough 2-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Hoops replaced Ian Holloway with former England, Derby and Newcastle manager Steve McClaren in the summer.

He has brought in central-defender Toni Leistner from Union Berlin and right-back Angel Rangel from Swansea City so far this summer, whilst losing goalkeeper Alex Smithies to promoted Cardiff City.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the teams was in April 2015 when QPR came away from The Hawthorns with a 4-1 win.

Albion’s last home win against the London side was in 2012 as the Baggies won 3-2 thanks to goals from James Morrison, Zoltan Gera and Youssouf Mulumbu.

Morrison, Gera and Mulumbu celebrate netting against QPR

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies are now three unbeaten following the draw at Nottingham Forest and wins against Norwich City and Luton Town.
  • Chris Brunt’s next start will be the 450th of his career in all competitions. The Northern Irishman has made a total 377 appearances for Albion - level with Bob Taylor and Daryl Burgess in joint-18th on the overall standings.
  • Jake Livermore’s next start will be his 50th in all competitions for the Club.

QPR

  • The Hoops finished 16th in the Championship last season - winning 15, drawing 11 and losing 20 of their 46 games.
  • QPR have won their last three matches against the Baggies.
  • There have only ever been three fixtures between the two sides in August, with Albion winning two and QPR coming out on top in the other.

From the archive 

Here are the highlights from our last home win against QPR...

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 44 matches that have been played, Albion have won 18 times, there have been 10 draws and QPR have been victorious on 16 occasions.

Man in the middle 

The referee for Sunday’s game is Tony Harrington, and he’ll be assisted by Timothy Wood and Mark Dwyer - with Darren England as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Seats for the game are on general sale, with tickets priced adults £20/23, seniors £15/£17, students & U23s £15, U18s & disabled £10 and U11s just £5.

Seats can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with QPR is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

Albion fans based outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland can watch our game against QPR on Saturday for just £5.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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