QPR take on a resurgent Luton side this weekend, as Mark Warburton’s men look to climb into the play-off places.
It’s been a fairly bright start to the season for the R’s and they’ve had a number of brilliant results as they look to improve on the last campaign’s 19th placed finish.
Away victories at Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday have been the bright points for QPR and they now sit eighth in the league table heading into Saturday’s fixture with Luton.
The Hatters hadn’t had the best of starts, but have since picked things up with some good results against Yorkshire duo, Barnsley and Huddersfield.
Here are two ways that QPR can hurt the Hatters…
Use the creativity
Being the away side, Luton are likely to sit back more than they would normally do when they travel to West London.
What the R’s must do is use their creative players to find a way past the Hatters’ defence. With Eberechi Eze and Ilias Chair likely to start, they have more than enough talent to forge openings and create chances.
Up top, Jordan Hugill has started the season in fine form, and he’ll be hoping that the midfield can supply him with the appropriate chances to fire Warburton’s side to victory.
Luton have a very inexperienced backline at Championship level, and loanee right-back, Luke Bolton, hasn’t looked safe defensively so far this season.
Tempo must be high
The tempo that the R’s will need to play will have to be very high and they will have to take the game to Luton at a fast pace.
When West Brom travelled to the Hatters earlier in the season, they started the game very slow and found themselves a goal down at the break. Second-half, the Baggies came out with an immediate tempo change and Luton couldn’t handle it.
They have to show the Hatters the fast football that they are able to play with their new look side, and show them who’s at home in the fixture.
A fast start could make all the difference against a newly promoted Luton side.