Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield Wednesday preview: Can the visitors register just their fourth league win since Christmas?
Jacob Murphy of Sheffield Wednesday sees his shot blocked by Todd Kane of QPR during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Queens Park Rangers’ home form will give Garry Monk some hope that his side, bereft of confidence, can take all three points from this encounter.

The R’s have not won on home soil since a 2-1 success against Derby County in February and are have just two wins in their last six outings.

Their latest defeat came at the hands of a defiant Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night, a Kieffer Moore goal was enough to see of Mark Warburton’s men.

While Rangers were stumbling in Lancashire, Wednesday had problems of their own against another Lancashire outfit Preston North End.

They initially took the lead through a fine solo goal from Jacob Murphy in the 57th minute but as they have so often done this term, they fell away towards the closing minutes and lost 3-1 after goals from Scott SinclairJayden Stockley and Brad Potts.

As each game ticks by it is becoming harder to make a case for Monk to remain in charge at Hillsborough, the problems at the club are far deeper, he may not be the answer, but he is not the greatest problem.

The Wednesday manager cut a frustrated, dejected figure as he spoke to the press over zoom after the Preston game:

It needs a lot of work, a huge amount of work. It needs patience but that side of it is out of your control.

Despite Wednesday’s dreadful form, they are still only a point behind their hosts who have been inconsistent throughout the campaign and have just one clean sheet in their last eight games.

Similarly, The Owls have been unable to keep the ball out of the back of the net since a 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic in late February.

 

  • Head to Head

The sides have already met this season in the fourth round of the FA Cup, goals from Morgan Fox and Sam Winnall were enough to see off a late scare from Nahki Wells, none of whom still play for either side.

In the reverse fixture at Hillsborough at the end of August QPR came out on top. Steven Fletcher put Wednesday 1-0 up in the first half but two second half goals from Jordan Hugill within the space of four minutes won all three points for the Londoners.

It is worth noting that the Yorkshire club have just one league victory at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium since 2000, which came in a 2-1 win in 2017 with goals from Adam Reach and Daniel Pudil, either side of Idrissa Sylla’s goal for the home side. 

 

  • Team News

On the absences of Connor Wickham and Kieran Lee against Preston, Monk said:

”We lost Connor and Kieran for this game down to fatigue. They felt tightness in their body and when you are on that red line you are risking an injury.

“That’s the reality of the position we’re in and you don’t want to lose players for longer periods. They don’t have specific injuries. It is just fatigue.”

Both could therefore return to the starting line-up on Saturday.

Jacob Murphy is also a doubt after he was taken off shortly after scoring on Wednesday night, Monk said:

“Hopefully it’s not too serious. We just brought him off as a precaution. We’ll see how he recovers. We have a couple of days and then we go again.”

Meanwhile, Mark Warburton has no new injury concerns of note but Jordan Hugill could miss out after picking up a Hamstring injury last weekend against Middlesbrough which kept him out of the Wigan clash.

Lee Wallace is creeping closer to a return to the side while Marco Ramkilde is further behind him in his recovery.

 

  • Key Battle 

Dominic Iorfa will have his work cut out against R’s danger-man Eberechi Eze who has had plenty of interest from the top-flight due to his thrilling performances throughout the season.

Iorfa has been a standout performer in a poor Wednesday side and while his positional sense needs to improve, he has the lightening pace to compensate for his awareness errors, speed which he will need in abundance against 22-year-old Eze.

Eze, a local lad born in Greenwich, currently has 12 goals and eight assists to his name in 42 Championship appearances this season.

  • Form

SWFC: L D W L L L

QPR: W L L L W L

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