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Two ways QPR can hurt Stoke City during this weekend’s clash

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Mark Warburton will be eager to see his side pick up all three points against the strugglers with fans growing more and more impatient with their poor form this year.

In their last four matches QPR have drawn once, lost three and scored just one goal with a strong performance well overdue.

They did themselves no favaours on Tuesday night when they drew 0-0 with Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium and Stoke will not be pushed over on Saturday.

Michael O’Neill’s men have won three of their last five, with losses to Derby County and Preston souring the taste of wins against West Brom, Swansea and Charlton.

QPR ran out 2-1 winners on the opening day of the season but will they be able to do the same again despite their poor form?

Well, here we take a look at TWO ways they can hurt Stoke on Saturday…

Pace

It is hardly a secret weapon of QPR’s but it is one which could prove particularly effective against Stoke.

The Potters lined up with Bruno Martins Indi and Tommy Smith as their full backs against Preston and if they do the same again on Saturday, the R’s could have a field day.

Bright Osayi-Samuel, Jack Clarke and Ebere Eze are all nightmares for any full-backs, let alone those lacking in pace, so expect QPR to play with plenty of width.

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Full-backs

It could be the area where the game is won or lost for QPR.

With Stoke preferring to play with a 4-2-3-1, there could be plenty of space for both Ryan Manning and Todd Kane to exploit on their respective flanks.

They will need to remain wary defensively, however, with the Potters boasting the likes of Tom Ince and James McClean on either wing.

But doubling up on the Stoke full-backs could cause a lot of problems.


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