League action resumes for Queens Park Rangers and Watford this afternoon as the pair meet at the Kiyan Prince Foundation stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.
International football can now be forgotten about for several months with no break in the season until well into 2021, and we’re embarking on the most hectic period of the campaign now.
Indeed, the games are going to be coming every few days for weeks ahead, and that has seen the EFL decide to approve 5 subs being used from now on for the rest of the season.
Speaking ahead of the game, Mark Warburton has admitted that before the campaign started he was against it as it ‘favoured the clubs with the biggest squads and budgets’ with QPR obviously in a position financially where they can’t add as much. He has said, though, that player welfare and health is most important and appears to be backing the decision ahead of the clash with the Hornets.
In terms of Hoops team news, Bright Osayi-Samuel has been in training and should be available for selection after an injury concern, whilst George Thomas has also been upping his work in training, too, though Warburton has suggested he may look to get Thomas involved in an u23 game or two first of all.
Several players have been away on international duty, meanwhile, with Lyndon Dykes among them – helping Scotland win qualification to a major tournament for the first time in over 20 years. Warburton said on Thursday the striker would be assessed on his return and be given a light training load with the view to him being involved at the weekend, though he did stress he wants the forward to be as honest as possible about his condition as he doesn’t want to aggravate things further.
In other news, meanwhile, Joe Lumley will not be in the squad as the goalkeeper has gone on another emergency loan deal, this time to Doncaster Rovers.
In terms of stats and key numbers ahead of this one, Watford have won their last two and are firmly in the promotion picture at this stage whilst QPR, after late wins against Cardiff and Derby, went into the international period on the back of a loss at Blackburn Rovers.
Meanwhile, the last time these two met in a league game was back in 2013/14, a match that the Hoops won 2-1 on their way to the Championship play-offs and, eventually, promotion.