Queens Park Rangers vs Leicester City Preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch
HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City warms up ahead of The Pre-Season Friendly between Wycombe Wanderers and Leicester City at Adams Park on July 28, 2021 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Leicester City face their penultimate game of their pre-season campaign this weekend, when they make the trip to the capital to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. 

The Foxes have yet to register a win from their opening two games - a draw against Burton Albion and a loss against Wycombe Wanderers whereas their opponents QPR have been more than impressive in their early season run-outs so far.

The West London side have won all three of their games so far, with  a 4-2 hammering of Manchester United the highlight for Mark Warburton's team.

With both side's first competitive fixtures a week away, it is likely that both manager's will use the opportunity to give members of their squad a lengthier amount of playing time in preparation for their respective curtain raisers on August 7th.

Team news

Ryan Bertrand is expected to be back in contention for Leicester after he missed Wednesday's defeat at Wycombe. The summer signing from Southampton wasn't risked after suffering a slight muscle strain against Burton but should be able to play some part at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this weekend.

Youngster Thanawat Suengchitthawon may be a doubt however after he limped off the pitch at Adams Park following an injury.

The likes of Youri Tielemans and Timothy Castagne however have returned to training following their extended breaks after participating at the European Championships, and may get their first minutes of the season along with Jonny Evans, Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez who have also yet to feature despite returning for a full pre-season schedule.

QPR meanwhile shouldn't have any new injury concerns and look set to field a strong line-up in their final pre-season outing before their first game of the SkyBet Championship campaign at home to Milwall next Saturday.

Former Leicester academy man George Thomas is one of those who could be in from the off whilst the exciting frontline pair of Hoops hero Charlie Austin and former Livingston man Lyndon Dykes are expected to start.

Predicted line-ups

Queens Park Rangers XI: Archer; McCallum, Dunne, Dickie, Kakay, Adomah; Ball, Chair, Thomas; Austin, Dykes.

Leicester City XI: Iversen; Pereira, Fofana, Soyuncu, Bertrand; Soumare, Ndidi, Maddison; Barnes, Vardy, Daka.

Previous meeting

You have to go all the way back to May 2015 for the two side's last encounter which came during the Foxes' great escape season.

With QPR already relegated and Leicester in party mode at the King Power Stadium, the hosts dominated by winning 5-1.

Jamie Vardy started the celebrations off with the opening goal shortly after the 15-minute mark before Marc Albrighton doubled the advantage just before the break.

Leonardo Ulloa then made it three not long before the restart whilst on his final appearance for the club, Esteban Cambiasso capped off his farewell to the Leicester faithful just a minute later with a volley into the bottom corner.

Austin restored a small amount of pride for QPR with a consolation goal but Andrej Kramaric ensured the four-goal lead would remain intact in the 86th minute to round off a specular final-day performance from the East Midlanders.

Ones to watch

Boubakary Soumare - Leicester City 


Recently recruited from Ligue 1 champions LOSC Lille in the summer, Boubakary Soumare has been one of the standout performers for Leicester so far.

The industrious midfielder possesses the perfect blend of technical and physical ability, demonstrating so with his keen desire to win back the ball and fend off his opponents, whilst also getting the Foxes up the pitch with a wide range of passes.

His calmness in the middle of the park has been a timely addition to Brendan Rodgers' squad so far and is definitely one to look out for in the Premier League this season too.

Charlie Austin - QPR

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After spells away at Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, Charlie Austin finally made his long-awaited return to West London back in January and hasn't looked back since.

His goalscoring form returned - with seven in 21 appearances - and the 32-year-old whilst on loan and when given the chance to sign permanently in the summer, jumped at the opportunity.

Now back at home and looking hungrier and fresher than ever, an on-song Austin may be the catalyst for a promotion push from the Hoops.

How to watch?

The game is available to watch live for free on the Leicester City Youtube Channel with kick off at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium getting underway at 3:00pm.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with live text updates on the VAVEL website and Leicester VAVEL Twitter page.