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Match Preview – QPR vs Preston

Last Updated: 18/01/19 2:51pm

Steve McClaren has no new injury worries with QPR

Steve McClaren has no new injury worries with QPR

Steve McClaren has no new injury worries with QPR

QPR report no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match against Preston.

Forward Matt Smith, midfielder Bright Osavi-Samuel and Ilias Chair are all options for Steve McClaren after coming off the bench for last weekend’s defeat at Sheffield United.

Midfielder Massimo Luongo is away on international duty with Australia. Angel Rangel (thigh), Tomer Hemed (hernia) and Geoff Cameron (ankle) remain sidelined, but are expected to return to action next month.

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Preston will check on captain Tom Clarke, who picked up a calf problem in last weekend’s draw with Swansea. Defender Paul Huntington will be assessed on a groin problem, while Josh Earl must serve a one-match suspension after being sent off against Swansea, having come on as a substitute at half-time.

Recent signings Josh Ginnelly and Connor Ripley are pushing to be involved for their first opportunities. Defender Ben Davies, who has missed the last four games, is back in training following his hamstring injury, along with forward Louis Moult.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Sheffield United and QPR.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Sheffield United and QPR.

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QPR have lost their last five Championship matches against Preston, a run stretching back to August 2016.

Preston are looking to win three consecutive league matches against QPR at Loftus Road for the first time in their history.

Steve McClaren has won his two home league meetings against Alex Neil – a 6-2 win for Newcastle against Norwich in October 2015 and 1-0 win for Derby against Norwich in November 2016.

Preston are the only Championship side yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes of a match this season.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Preston North End and Swansea.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Preston North End and Swansea.

Since his Championship debut for QPR in February 2017, only Pablo Hernandez (201) has created more chances in the division than Luke Freeman (186).

Excluding own-goals, substitutes have scored eight Championship goals for Preston this season – more than any other team; by contrast, QPR have seen just one goal via a substitute, a joint-low along with Millwall.

Prutton’s prediction

David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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