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Preview: QPR v Burnley

11 December 2015



Burnley head to Loftus Road looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat to Preston North End.

The Clarets were punished for not taking a glut of chances in the Lancashire derby as goals from Will Keane and Daniel Johnson ended their nine-game unbeaten run.

QPR go into the game looking for a third victory on the spin. A 1-0 victory over Leeds United at home was followed up by victory at Reading last Friday meaning confidence will be high in W12.

This week also saw the appointment of new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was chosen to succeed Chris Ramsey after an impressive spell at Burton Albion.



QPR: LDLWW
Burnley: WDDDL

 



The former Clarets striker needs little introduction. He scored 41 times in 82 league appearances for the club before moving QPR in 2013, and his goalscoring exploits have continued.

After 18 goals in his first ever Barclays Premier League season last term, two of those against Burnley, Austin is naturally attracting interest from a number of top flight clubs.

He has 8 to his name so far in the Sky Bet Championship despite missing chunks of the season through injury.



Burnley (Arfield 12’, Ings 37’) 2-1 QPR (Austin 33’)

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Keane, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Marney, Jones, Arfield; Ings, Barnes (Vokes 72).

Subs not used: Gilks, Duff, Reid, Wallace, Kightly, Jutkiewicz.

Bookings: Marney, Barnes

QPR: Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Hill (Traoré 75); Vargas (Zárate 75), Barton, Henry (Zamora 69), Fer; Taarabt; Austin.

Subs not used: McCarthy, Onuoha, Mutch, Phillips

Bookings: Barton, Traoré

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 17,523 (1,104)



Sean Dyche has a fully-fit squad to choose from aside from long-term absentees Lukas Jutkiewicz and Ashley Barnes.



Stuart Attwell will take charge of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash against QPR at Loftus Road.

So far this season, the Warwickshire-based official has refereed 20 games, producing 64 yellow cards and three reds in the process.

The last Clarets fixture he took charge of was the Sky Bet Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest in October, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

There were five bookings on that occasion; including Michael Keane and Ben Mee for the Clarets. With Forest’s Henri Lansbury seeing red for a late lunge on Mee.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Matthew Buonassisi, Lee Venamore and Fourth Offiical Simon Hooper.



Sean Dyche: “It’s often the case where a new manager comes in and it brings a different feel. We know it’ll bring a response and it’s how we respond to that on the pitch.

“We try and win games everyone knows that, go after games and there have been good signs of that this season.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “It’s a squad that excites me and we need to work together and we need to be a force together. There is work to be done, and we know how the fans are.

“They want to see their teams do whatever they need to do to win the game and play exciting football.”



Fancy a flutter? QPR are the favourites for victory at Loftus Road. The Hoops haven't lost a home league game since September and are priced at 13/10, with the Clarets priced at 21/10 and the draw available at 9/4.
 
Sam Vokes found the net twice against QPR last time the two sides met in the Championship in the capital and he is 13/2 to net the first goal this weekend.

Charlie Austin scored twice in the Barclays Premier League against Burnley and is priced at 9/2 to score the first goal in one of Ian Holloway's tips.

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