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QPR have had a rather good start to the season and will be hoping to carry that on against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Despite their impressive beginning to the campaign, the R’s have suffered back-to-back defeats in recent weeks, and will be desperate to bounce back against a side in the bottom three of the Championship.
There’s strong potential that Mark Warburton and his side can be a surprise contender for the top six this season, that’s due to how many goals they score and their attacking prowess.
Will QPR finish in the top six?
However, it’s not all been good and the R’s continue to leak goals at an unprecedented rate. This is something that will have to stop as soon as possible if Warburton’s side want to earn a place in the play-offs this season.
His side are yet to pick up a clean sheet, despite the league now being 15 games in. It’s a massive concern for QPR and despite them being able to outscore the opposition on plenty of occasions, they have to begin to shut up shop and stop leaking as many goals or they’ll fail to match their ambitions.
On Saturday, they take on a Middlesbrough side that in truth have been terrible so far this season, and there’s a great opportunity to get another one under their belts.
Jonathan Woodgate comes into the game under immense pressure, and he probably won’t have liked that he has to travel to a ground where the home team is known for scoring a high number of goals. If they get off to a bad start QPR could really run riot on the weekend.
The R’s have an opportunity this weekend, they can really start showing their ambition and that they can bounce back from set-backs. If they fail to find victory, then it will say a lot about their chances of reaching that top six, and how much the defeat has knocked their confidence.
Getting promotion from the Championship isn’t necessarily about thrashing everyone or playing the best style of football, it’s about winning games and picking up points on a consistent basis.
If QPR get the win, then it shows they can come back from adversity and fight for three points despite suffering set-backs.