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Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Wycombe Wanderers - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Queens Park Rangers and Wycombe Wanderers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Queens Park Rangers play host to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening with the opportunity to move into the top half of the Championship standings.

Wycombe travel to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on the back of three successive defeats, form which has left the Chairboys 12 points adrift of safety.


Match preview

Queens Park Ranger's Charlie Austin celebrates after scoring their first goal on February 27, 2021© Reuters

Defeats to Birmingham City and Barnsley effectively ended any realistic ambitions that QPR had to gatecrash the playoff race during the closing weeks of the season.

Nevertheless, their 2-0 win at Bristol City on Saturday afternoon was a necessary response to keep well ahead of what could become a congested battle to avoid relegation.

Mark Warburton's team still possess a game in hand on their rivals, creating a situation where they could find themselves as high as 12th position come the full-time whistle on Tuesday night.

Their home form has not necessarily been a strong point this season with just 22 points being earned from 16 fixtures at their London ground.

However, half of their six victories have come since the start of February, suggesting that the Hoops have turned a corner at an important stage of the campaign.

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth pictured in February 2021© Reuters

Gareth Ainsworth would have felt similar when Wycombe picked up seven points over a four-match period last month, increasing their chances of avoiding a return to League One.

Three defeats later, all without troubling the scoresheet, and the division minnows have been left 12 points off the pace and with rivals Rotherham United still having two games in hand.

Ainsworth will be realistic about pulling off one of English football's greatest escape acts, but it will not stop him demanding the maximum from his squad.

Although they netted three times during their comeback win over Huddersfield Town on February 13, Wycombe have failed to score in four of their last five away matches.

Queens Park Rangers Championship form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W

Wycombe Wanderers Championship form:
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L


Team News

Queens Park Rangers QPR manager Mark Warburton pictured in February 2021© Reuters

Warburton must decide whether Jordy De Wijs is fit enough to play his second game in quick succession after making his QPR debut at Ashton Gate.

Having missed the game at the weekend due to a knock, Geoff Cameron could deputise for the Dutchman in the middle of defence.

Barring any further issues, Warburton may stick with the remainder of the team which performed so impressively against the Robins.

Ainsworth will almost certainly freshen up his Wycombe XI with Nnamdi Ofoborh, Fred Onyedinma and Daryl Horgan all in contention for recalls.

Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Dieng; Dickie, De Wijs, Barbet; Kane, Johansen, Field, Wallace; Willock, Chair; Austin

Wycombe Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Stockdale; McCarthy, Stewart, Tafazolli, Jacobson; Wheeler, Ofoborh, Mehmeti; Onyedinma, Ikpeazu, Horgan


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We say: Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe have reached a point where they must place a strong emphasis on their attacking play, something which has not been their strong point this season. However, we feel that QPR are well equipped to stay in control of this contest, potentially easing to victory with a goal in each half.



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19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield411111194362-1944
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21Coventry CityCoventry401012183656-2042
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