Promotion-chasing Ipswich Town travel to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers this afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship.
Mick McCarthy’s side are currently in sixth place having reclaimed a play-off spot from rivals Sheffield Wednesday courtesy of a midweek win over Reading.
The Tractor Boys will hope to build on that and put back-to-back wins together this afternoon – a feat they have not achieved since December.
QPR have only one win in the last six games, which was a 3-0 victory over Rotherham United. Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s side are 13th in the Championship table, some 12 points behind Ipswich.
Ipswich will be boosted by the return of injured trio of Daryl Murphy, Luke Hyam and Ryan Fraser, while QPR new striker Abdenasser El Khayati is likely to get his first taste of Championship action this weekend.
FootballLeagueWorld Anthony Yeo identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s match…
1) QPR unable to convert draws to wins
Rangers are well and truly underperforming this season, and eight draws at home is a big factor in why QPR are languishing in mid-table.
They have been unable to convert draws in to wins which has cost them numerous points. They have drawn the most home games out of the entire Championship, and their tally of 12 draws in both home and away games is the joint-highest in the league.
If Rangers keep failing to pick up maximum points, their aim of making the play-offs will soon be out of reach.
2) Abdenasser El Khayati
Hasselbaink wasted no time in raiding his former club Burton Albion to bring in some much needed firepower at QPR.
Dutch forward El Khayati had scored eight goals in League One before joining Rangers on a free transfer during the January window.
He will go straight into the squad, and can play either up front or on both flanks, thus bolstering Hasselbaink’s options going forward.
3) Brett Pitman
Pitman is the leading scorer for the Tractor Boys, and came off the bench in midweek to grab the winner for Ipswich against Reading.
Pitman will be vying for a starting place this weekend after scoring the winner, and will want to build on becoming Town’s leading scorer.
He will play a key role in Ipswich race for promotion and QPR must be wary, as he is a huge threat regardless of whether he comes off the bench or starts.
QPR and Ipswich fans… What will the score be today? Will Ipswich make the play-offs? Where can QPR finish this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!