Match Previews

Albion v QPR match preview

20th July

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will be promoted to the Premier League if they can beat Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns on Wednesday evening (ko 7.30pm).

QPR

Their last outing

Queens Park Rangers beat Millwall in a seven-goal thriller last time out, ending their London rivals’ play-off challenge in a 4-3 win.

Conor Masterson opened the scoring for the Rs, but Matt Smith equalised after the break to draw the Lions level.

Ryan Manning hit a long-range strike and Eberechi Eze swept and effort home to add a third just after the hour mark to put Rangers back ahead.

Shaun Hutchinson responded for the Lions, but Todd Kane headed in to make it 4-2 before Jayson Molumby scored a consolation goal late on.

QPR: Lumley; Amos (Bettache 93), Ball, Barbet, Cameron; Kakay, Masterson, Chair (Oteh 84), Eze; Manning, Shodipo (Kane 72).

Subs: Kelly, Gubbins, Clarke.

In their dugout

The London side are managed by former Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton, who took the reigns in the summer.

Warburton has picked up 17 wins, 10 draws and 22 losses in his first season at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, leaving QPR in 14th place heading into the final day of the season.

One to watch

Eberechi Eze has been involved in all 45 of QPR’s league games this season and has found the net 13 times this term, most recently against Millwall at the weekend.

The 22-year-old midfielder came through Millwall’s academy but was released in 2016 and picked up by QPR. They loaned him to Wycombe Wanderers in August 2017 and recalled him in January 2018, when he became a regular at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Our last meeting

Albion beat QPR 2-0 at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium back in September in the last meeting between the two sides.

Nathan Ferguson fired Slaven Bilić’s men ahead from 25-yards out before the hour mark.

Then, with less than ten minutes to play Rangers defender Yoann Barbet saw red for bringing down Hal Robson-Kanu when clean through.

And Matheus Pereira added the finishing touch when he sent a low free-kick under the wall and into the back of the net in front of more than 2,000 travelling Baggies.

Stats

Albion

• The Baggies have come out winners against QPR in the last three meetings between the two sides, scoring 12 times and conceding just three goals.

• Slaven Bilić’s men have picked up 39 points from 22 games at The Hawthorns this season (W10, D9, L3).

• Albion have won 10 of the 18 league meetings between the two sides since the turn of the millennium (W10, D4, L4).

QPR

• Rangers’ last six goals have been scored by six different scorers.

• The Rs have failed to score in four of their last eight games.

• Mark Warburton’s side have won just two of their last eight games (W2, D1, L5).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

QPR wins

League

19

9

13

FA Cup

1

1

2

League Cup

1

0

1

Total

21

10

16

Our man to watch

Matheus Pereira is undoubtedly one of the standout talents in the Sky Bet Championship.

Since the restart, Pereira has netted a double against Sheffield Wednesday, claimed a hat-trick of assists against Hull City, teed up Dara O’Shea’s headed goal against Derby, while his free-kick at Huddersfield on Friday also allowed O’Shea to score for the Baggies.

Best of social

Check out Albion News’ stunning cover on Wednesday.

Follow the game

Season tickets holders who have claimed an iFollow package can again watch Albion play live when the Baggies take on QPR.

If supporters have not claimed an iFollow package, they can still buy an audio match pass to listen to the game live. Find out more here.

Please ensure you have your redeemed your code and logged in to your account well in advance of the game. IFollow coverage starts one hour before kick-off.

Once logged in, supporters should visit our Match Centre and click 'Watch Now'. 

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Comprehensive coverage of the clash with QPR is also 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 Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Wednesday.

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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