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Albion will be aiming to return to winning ways when they host Queens Park Rangers under the lights at The Hawthorns on Friday evening (ko 8pm).

The Baggies - backed by over 3,000 travelling supporters - were held to a third consecutive draw by Preston last weekend, but remain unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship after eight fixtures.

Matty Phillips headed home Albion’s equaliser against North End last week, taking his direct goal involvements to four this season (two goals, two assists) and proving himself as one of Valérien Ismaël’s key attacking outlets.

Phillips will be hoping to add to his tally against former club QPR on Friday night, but the Baggies will face a tough test against a Rangers side who will be similarly determined to record a victory.

How to follow the game

Fans wanting to follow the match live can enjoy live Baggies-biased commentary on WBA TV Matchday with a Match Pass for just £2.50. This also includes access to a full replay of the game which will be available on Sunday. Click here to buy your pass.

Overseas subscribers will not be able to watch the game but can still access live commentary as well as the full match replay.

Click here to listen live or access through the official WBA app.

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QPR have produced a number of impressive performances on the road since the start of the 2021/22 season.

Having drawn their opening league game against Millwall at Loftus Road, Mark Warburton’s men enjoyed two eye-catching away wins - 3-0 and 3-2 - in their following games versus Hull City and Middlesbrough.

Manager Warburton added proven Championship experience to his squad over the summer, with the fire-power of former Baggie Charlie Austin and loan signing of Andre Gray complementing the varying styles which fellow forwards Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair bring to Rangers’ attack.

Despite Tuesday's penalty-shootout Carabao Cup triumph against Everton, the London team head into this fixture having lost two of their last three league games and, like Albion, will be set on securing a much-needed win in the Black Country.

Andre Gray (above) in action for QPR this term

Classic match

It wasn’t plain-sailing, but it was a memorable night at The Hawthorns when the Baggies last faced QPR on home soil in July 2020.

After falling behind to a Ryan Manning strike, Grady Diangana equalised at the end of the first half and Callum Robinson then turned the scores around to give Albion a 2-1 lead.

Eberechi Eze’s stunning effort levelled the contest for Rangers in the closing stages, yet results elsewhere ensured the boys in navy blue-and-white secured promotion to the Premier League.

Read all about it

Adam Reach is the star man in Friday night’s edition of Albion News.

The versatile midfielder provides a detailed interview for Baggies supporters on his arrival at The Hawthorns, Albion’s promotion credentials, coming into the XI in recent weeks and wanting to “bounce back” against QPR.

Copies will be available for purchase at several stalls in and around The Hawthorns on Tuesday. Similarly, programmes and can be purchased online here.

Did you know

The Baggies have enjoyed an unbeaten run against Rangers from their recent Championship clashes in B71.

Albion's last five second tier meetings with the Hoops has seen them drawn three and win two, which includes emphatic 5-1 and 7-1 triumphs in 2007 and 2018 respectively.

Traffic and travel

Supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible or utilise public transport in order to avoid traffic around The Hawthorns. Junction 10 of the M6 will be closed northbound for the weekend from 11pm on Friday. A southbound closure of the same junction will be in place from 8pm on Friday. 

LV Bet’s latest odds

Our official betting partner LV BET share the latest stats and odds ahead of Friday night's match against QPR. 

Albion are undefeated in the Championship so far this season and sit third in the table. Their last three games in the league have been draws and seen under 2.5 goals in the match.

The visitors, QPR, made a good start to the season, but have lost their last two league outings by a 2-1 scoreline.

WBA are 4/6 to get to winning ways against Rangers at The Hawthorns. To get better odds on a home victory would be to take Albion to win and under 2.5 goals in the clash, which is priced 37/10

Having scored already this season, Kyle Bartley is 13/2 to net at anytime. For more odds on the match, click here. LV Bet have a new customer offer for Baggies fans here.

Prices are subject to change.