QPR host Oxford United at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium tonight with the winner claiming a place in the third round of the EFL Cup.
Both clubs required penalties to secure passage to the second round, with Oxford edging out Burton Albion and the R’s showing their quality from the spot against Leyton Orient.
The similarities don’t end there either, as though they’re chasing the play play-offs in different divisions, the pair have endured comparable fortunes through the first few weeks of the campaign.
Mark Warburton’s side earned their eighth Championship point of the season with a spirited comeback against Barnsley on the weekend, while Oxford remain on seven in League One after they were beaten by Bolton.
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Warburton will be without both centre-back Jordy de Wijs (ankle) and left-back Lee Wallace (Hamstring) due to injury, while the R’s boss has indicated that other players were set to be assessed this morning.
De Wijs’ absence means it looks likely that Rob Dickie will start against his former side, amid links with a Premier League move.
Lyndon Dykes will likely still be absent after missing the weekend’s game with a chest infection and it would not be a surprise to see Stefan Johansen rested but Warburton has hinted that Sam McCallum could play a part.
Karl Robinson, meanwhile, has confirmed he’ll make “a lot of changes” for tonight’s game.
He told the Witney Gazette: “We’ve always done that – that’s not just because it’s QPR.
“Some will be forced and some will be on purpose, but we’re ready to go.”
James Henry, Billy Bodin, Ryan Williams, Sam Long, and Jamie Hanson are all sidelined due to injury.
These two teams haven’t met in a competitive fixture since they both played in the old Division One back in 1998/99, with each side claiming a home win that term.
Oxford’s changes will make the home side even heavier favourites for tonight’s game but if they don’t learn their lesson from the game at Orient, which saw them ease off the gas and lose control of the game, there could well be an upset.