While Swansea have spent much of the season in and around the playoff places, Steve Cooper now faces a battle to keep the club in contention for the top six during the closing months of the campaign.
A run of just two victories from eight games and three successive fixtures without success have left the Welsh outfit off the pace, potentially just one defeat away from dropping into the bottom half of the standings.
Cooper has the personnel to get Swansea back on track, although they need to take advantage of fixtures against opponents in QPR, Hull City and Huddersfield Town who are all placed below them.
The onus remains on Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster to live up to his reputation in the final third, although fellow forward Andre Ayew must also improve on a run of just one goal from his last seven appearances.
Just over a month has passed since Swansea were thrashed 5-1 by Tuesday's opponents in the FA Cup third round, but QPR have failed to build on that dominant performance at Loftus Road.
Five defeats have been recorded in six matches in all competitions, which includes a run of three straight setbacks at the second tier against Blackburn Rovers, Bristol City and Huddersfield respectively.
While Warburton will not necessarily have any concerns regarding a potential relegation battle, he will acknowledge that his young side need to turn around their poor form as soon as possible.
The main worry will be regarding his team's lack of a return in the final third, with just one goal being netted in three matches since the departure of Nahki Wells.
More responsibility now falls on the shoulders of Eberechi Eze, who has failed to contribute a goal or assist since New Year's Day during a period where he was being linked with a number of Premier League clubs.
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Yan Dhanda will also hope to come back into the starting lineup after scoring as a substitute at the weekend.
As for QPR, Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jack Clarke could be brought into the team for his first league start since joining in January.
Marc Pugh is also an option in midfield as Warburton considers whether to bring a more experienced head into the team.
Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Woodman; Roberts, Guehi, Rodon, Naughton; Grimes, Byers, Dhanda; Ayew, Routledge, Brewster
Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Kelly; Kane, Hall, Masterson, Wallace; Amos, Ball; Clarke, Eze, Pugh; Hugill
We say: Swansea City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers
After the disappointment of letting a slip a lead against Derby, a quick turnaround should benefit Swansea, who we feel will be motivated to put on a professional showing against opponents who they may feel are there for the taking.