QPR vs Blackburn Rovers preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Albert Adomah of Queens Park Rangers celebrates with his team after he scores their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Queens Park Rangers at Vicarage Road on February 01, 2021. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Blackburn Rovers are looking to make it three consecutive wins when they travel to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. 

Both of their previous wins ended 1-0 against Middlesbrough and most recently Luton Town. They currently sit eighth, but three points could see them enter the top six if results elsewhere go their way.

QPR fought back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at Watford on Monday night. Charlie Austin equalised before a 90th-minute winner from substitute Albert Adomah. Another victory would be crucial for Mark Warburton's side as they look to move further away from the relegation zone.

Team news

Both teams have their deadline day loan signings available for selection. Midfielder Sam Field joined the R's from West Bromwich Albion, while Rovers recruited defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis from Manchester City.

The hosts are missing loanee Jordy de Wijs through injury, who is yet to feature since arriving from Hull City.

Forward Lyndon Dykes missed Monday's game self-isolating after a family member tested positive for COVID-19, but Warburton is hopeful he will be available.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Joe Rankin-Costello, Daniel Ayala and Bradley Johnson remain sidelined for the trip to the capital. 

They are also without long-term absentees Derrick Williams and Scott Wharton.

Midfielder Jacob Davenport could return for the Lancashire outfit after recovering from a mild hamstring strain.

Predicted lineups

QPR

Dieng; Dickie, Cameron, Barbet, Kane, Ball, Johansen, Wallace, Chair, Bonne, Austin. (3-4-1-2)

Blackburn Rovers

Kaminski; Nyambe, Lenihan, Branthwaite, Douglas, Downing, Travis, Rothwell, Elliott, Armstrong, Brereton. (4-3-3)

Ones to watch

Charlie Austin - QPR

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A fan favourite among R's supporters after his previous spell with the club, Austin is once again proving valuable as they look to climb the table. He has two goals in four appearances since joining on loan from West Brom and will hope to add to his tally.

Harvey Elliott - Blackburn 

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The 17-year-old on loan from Liverpool is flourishing in Mowbray's side. He has 12 goal contributions so far, with four goals and eight assists. His creativity could prove essential to Rovers in their bid for promotion.

Previous meetings

The last meeting between the sides in November ended 3-1 in Blackburn's favour. Top scorer Adam Armstrong scored twice, with Ben Brereton netting the opener before Dykes levelled from the spot.

They were both victorious in their home fixtures last season against one another, with QPR winning 4-2 and a 2-1 win for Rovers.

Earlier in the season...

How to watch

The match starts at 15:00 GMT and is available to watch for £10 with an iFollow pass, which can be purchased here.

What the managers have said

Warburton is hoping his side can build on their win at Vicarage Road but is aware of the threat Blackburn pose. 

"Blackburn go about their work under the radar. They have a tremendous squad put together by Tony Mowbray, who is an outstanding manager, and they are very dangerous opponents," he told the QPR website.

"On Saturday, we'll need to show the same quality in the box that we did on Monday [at Watford] to finish our chances. We went to Blackburn earlier this season and were guilty of missing two or three big chances. We can't do that at the weekend."

Mowbray is hoping Rovers can take advantage of the R's poor home form but believes they have players that can cause his team problems.

"They have the boy [Ilias] Chair in midfield who's a really talented footballer, Charlie Austin's turned up there and he can score goals at this level," he told rovers.co.uk.

"They haven't been as strong at home as they have been away from home, we accept that.

"So we will try to be positive, play on the front foot and ask questions of them.

"But if we get it wrong they have good players who can pick passes and hurt us, so we have to try and focus, concentrate on our game and stick to the plan."

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