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MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a) sponsored by an Ingimarsson header

by Sutekh » 19 Oct 2019 19:37



When : Tuesday 22nd October, 7.45pm
Where : Loftus Road Stadium, South Africa Road, London, W12 7PA
Capacity : 18,439
Away Stand : School End (Upper Tier)
What might I see in the area : Steptoe & Son


Reading take their shiny new unbeaten winning run for a short trip down the road to play the first hooped/suburban/binary derby of the season which, as seems a fairly regular (and always surprising given the generally miserable performances of both teams in these games) occurrence, is live on Sky. And none of this silly red button nonsense either it’s properly live so you’ll get the replays in slow mo of all the goals scored (most probably) by the fakes together with enjoying the usual standard level of punditry from those in the not know.

Already rising magnificently up the table like a soaring Phoenix from the flames, Reading take to the road to challenge yet another high flying in form side in front of the Sky cameras. In addition, as it’s a Tuesday night game away from home, there is the additional challenge of trying to overturn the horrendous record of just 2 wins in the last 33 away league games played in midweek.

QPR under Mark Warburton are doing rather well (probably why Sky have opted to show the game) as they do not draw many games with only 1 draw in the 12 league games played to date. Since that early season point they’ve more or less gone from winning a couple to losing a couple and back again - and they’ve won their last two. They also favour, but do not restrict themselves, to playing 3 at the back and have a bit of height in there with 6’4” Grant Hall which will give a headache to Reading at set pieces (so Sky will have to pan back a bit to get him into shot).

An upside in this for Reading is that Rangers have so far failed to keep a clean sheet in any game this season but equally it does mean they are fairly effective going forward as they do currently sit 5th in the table. Of course with Sky covering the game that may mean goals dry up completely...

The fakes are more or less at full strength barring any knocks picked up at Hull (or a Sky camera going rogue on the night) while Reading will be without Joao and Boye through injury and Meite maybe a slight doubt after the Preston game. There also appears to be a bout of sickness going round the club that has seem Morrison and then Rinomhota suffering in the last week. Andy is expected to be available for the game but who knows whether others will be too unwell to play.

Obviously the side selected isn’t probably going to vary much from that that would have played has Gomes remained in charge but there did appear to be a little bit more of a direct approach against Preston and less of the slow passing play at the back. This can only help and will presumably mean the more the club are pressed by opponents then the less they will “piddle” about with the ball and invite trouble as they have done under previous management.

So with it being live on Sky and being played away from home in midweek it’s going to take quite sometime from the boys to buck the standard miserable Reading trend of a cr@p performance and defeat but then it’s only that latter outcome they need to turn around.

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Jeremy Simpson makes the long trek down from Lancashire for this one

Previously

23 Feb 2019 > Reading 1-1 Rotherham United
22 Sep 2018 > Reading 3-0 Hull City
21 Apr 2018 > Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Reading
14 Oct 2017 > Leeds United 0-1 Reading
31 Jan 2017 > Birmingham City 0-1 Reading
17 Dec 2016 > Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Reading
09 Sep 2016 > Reading 2-1 Ipswich Town (managed to book 9 players)
16 Apr 2016 > Leeds United 3-2 Reading
09 Jan 2016 > Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading (FA Cup 3)
20 Oct 2015 > Rotherham United 1-1 Reading

Historically

QPR and Reading are regular opponents. Right back into Victorian times they’ve been knocking six bells out of each other with the only gap of any real note being when QPR caught a bout of ambition back in the late 60s which saw them disappear into loftier circulation for the best part of 3 decades. Luckily Reading had been successfully vaccinated against ambition at some point in the mid 1950s and so managed to avoid such pretensions until well into the 1990s.

Yet despite this and the ongoing protestations from both camps over who has the actual right to wear blue and white hoops this is another of those should be derby games that aren’t derby games.

So this is the 46th season and 91st time the two clubs have gone in search of Football League points. It’s therefore the 46th visit to the “Meccano bowl”, that hybrid of steel and wood that masquerades as a football stadium down in deepest, darkest Shepherd’s Bush.

As you’d probably expect the home side has had much the better of things with Reading managing only 11 victories compared to the 20 so far notched by the “fakes”. One minor achievement is in view though as the next league goal Reading score there will be their 50th. Reading are also on a run of only one win in the last 8 league trips to West London.

How to follow the game
  1. Get a ticket and travel to the game
  2. Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
  3. Ring/text a mate for updates
  4. Use an iFollow subscription
  5. BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)
  6. Did I mention it’s live in Sky?

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Queens Park Rangers (a) sponsored by an Ingimarsson header

by URZZZZ » 19 Oct 2019 19:53

Rafael

Yiadom
Miazga
Morrison
Moore
Richards

Pele
Swift
Ejaria

Meite
Puscas

Walker Obita Blackett Rino Olise Barrett Baldock

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by Hound » 19 Oct 2019 20:07

Same team unless Meite is injured. Rino back on bench if fit

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by windermereROYAL » 19 Oct 2019 20:11

Just seen Meite celebrating the goal. limping badly, shouldn`t think he will be fit.

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by URZZZZ » 19 Oct 2019 20:11

Still don’t think Obita is fit enough to play two games in three days. Think Richards has started the season better anyway but that’s a different point


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by Hound » 19 Oct 2019 20:14

URZZZZ Still don’t think Obita is fit enough to play two games in three days. Think Richards has started the season better anyway but that’s a different point


Yep fair enough if so with obita. Not massively fussed either way

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by Snowflake Royal » 19 Oct 2019 20:17

Cabral
Yiadom
Obita
Moore
Miazga
Morrison
Pele
Rino*
Swift
Puscas
Baldock**


*super harsh on Ejaria, but think he's the better impact sub of him and Swift and just think the pair of them is too much, especially away to a team doing well
** no way I expect Meite to be fit

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by windermereROYAL » 19 Oct 2019 20:23

Yep Obita was doing plenty of stretches during the numerous injury breaks today, needs a rest.

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by WestYorksRoyal » 19 Oct 2019 20:29

Odd changes to manage Obita's fitness and Meite's injury are to be expected. But please Bowen, no "WTF" changes as we became used to under Gomes. As much continuity as possible needed


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by Hound » 19 Oct 2019 20:52

windermereROYAL Yep Obita was doing plenty of stretches during the numerous injury breaks today, needs a rest.


Yep noted that

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by Lower West » 19 Oct 2019 22:48

Rino would have started against PNE, if well. With Pele on the bench.

Reckon might see both Rino and Pele start with Ejaria dropping out. Pragmatic approach would be to setup for a draw,

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by Snowflake Royal » 19 Oct 2019 23:00

Lower West Rino would have started against PNE, if well. With Pele on the bench.

Reckon might see both Rino and Pele start with Ejaria dropping out. Pragmatic approach would be to setup for a draw,

Can you imagine a tiring midfield and defence looking over to see old twinkle-toes Ejaria coming on for Pele. Especially if any of them are on a yellow. What a bummer!

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by JoeyJoeJoeJnrShabadoo » 20 Oct 2019 00:02

thanks


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by windermereROYAL » 20 Oct 2019 00:28

QPR not kept a clean sheet this season yet. strangely I quite fancy us in this one.

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by Victor Meldrew » 20 Oct 2019 11:39

Snowflake Royal Cabral
Yiadom
Obita
Moore
Miazga
Morrison
Pele
Rino*
Swift
Puscas
Baldock**


*super harsh on Ejaria, but think he's the better impact sub of him and Swift and just think the pair of them is too much, especially away to a team doing well
** no way I expect Meite to be fit


Along with Miazga IMHO Ejaria is one of our two best players.
Yesterday he created 3 chances on his own and was a bit unfortunate not to score a goal.
I feel that he should be a regular and he is far from being a luxury player.

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by NewCorkSeth » 20 Oct 2019 12:06

------------------Rafael
---Miazga---Morrison---Moore
Yiadom-----------------------Richards
--------------Pele----Swift
------------------Ejaria
-----------Puscas--Baldock

Walker
Obita
McIntyre
Adam
Rinomhota
Barrett
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Same tactics. Feel harsh on Rinomhota but Pele was decent. Cant justify dropping either Swift or Ejaria.

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by Hound » 20 Oct 2019 12:23

NewCorkSeth ------------------Rafael
---Miazga---Morrison---Moore
Yiadom-----------------------Richards
--------------Pele----Swift
------------------Ejaria
-----------Puscas--Baldock

Walker
Obita
McIntyre
Adam
Rinomhota
Barrett
Loader

Same tactics. Feel harsh on Rinomhota but Pele was decent. Cant justify dropping either Swift or Ejaria.


Be amazed if that isn’t the starting line up (except at LB where depends on Obita’s recovery) - assuming everyone is fit bar Meite, Joao and Boye

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by Snowflake Royal » 20 Oct 2019 12:28

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Yiadom
Obita
Moore
Miazga
Morrison
Pele
Rino*
Swift
Puscas
Baldock**


*super harsh on Ejaria, but think he's the better impact sub of him and Swift and just think the pair of them is too much, especially away to a team doing well
** no way I expect Meite to be fit


Along with Miazga IMHO Ejaria is one of our two best players.
Yesterday he created 3 chances on his own and was a bit unfortunate not to score a goal.
I feel that he should be a regular and he is far from being a luxury player.

Don't get me wrong, big fan of Ejaria. But so far this season Swift has produced more actual end product. On top of that, Swift is on set pieces and I can see Ovie coming on and turning a game. Much less so Swift.

I just don't think we can afford both. Which means one has to drop unless we change shape. It's Lampard & Gerrard. Balance is wrong with the pair of them.

Maybe if we start playing really well , dominating and scoring lots of goals. But not for a poor form scrap up the table.

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by URZZZZ » 20 Oct 2019 12:31

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Yiadom
Obita
Moore
Miazga
Morrison
Pele
Rino*
Swift
Puscas
Baldock**


*super harsh on Ejaria, but think he's the better impact sub of him and Swift and just think the pair of them is too much, especially away to a team doing well
** no way I expect Meite to be fit


Along with Miazga IMHO Ejaria is one of our two best players.
Yesterday he created 3 chances on his own and was a bit unfortunate not to score a goal.
I feel that he should be a regular and he is far from being a luxury player.


I was told Ejaria is Mr Creative? Zero assists isn’t it

He’s a good player, but his end product is poor and some of his passing was off yesterday. The problem with having him and Swift in the same midfield is when they both have a stinker, we’re really poor (note Blackburn H). Whereas with someone like Rino, he’ll generally always produce the same level of output

It’s the way it is with creative players but having two in the same team can be a dangerous game

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by Snowflake Royal » 20 Oct 2019 12:34

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NewCorkSeth ------------------Rafael
---Miazga---Morrison---Moore
Yiadom-----------------------Richards
--------------Pele----Swift
------------------Ejaria
-----------Puscas--Baldock

Walker
Obita
McIntyre
Adam
Rinomhota
Barrett
Loader

Same tactics. Feel harsh on Rinomhota but Pele was decent. Cant justify dropping either Swift or Ejaria.


Be amazed if that isn’t the starting line up (except at LB where depends on Obita’s recovery) - assuming everyone is fit bar Meite, Joao and Boye

Remember Preston had a very average away record and we were at home. QPR are also going well and this time we're away.

I'd look to stifle them for 70 minutes and then try to nick a late win. Which for me means a more defensive line up and a stronger midfield. Rino's also our best midfielder for carrying the ball forward at pace, which could help us on the break.

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