QPR - Peterborough

QPR made another disappointing start, in season where the expectations are higher than ever. Club have financial power (from Formula One) and lots of money have been invested in the squad so far. So, a win, a defeat and three draws is not something that Flavio Briatore and others in the club expected. Both games at their home, Loftus Road, ended with 1-1 draws (Blackpool and Nottingham Forest) and this is a nice opportunity for a first win. Team have been additionally strengthened with four loan players from Premier League. Last one is highly rated Arsenal’s teenager Jay Simpson which task will be to give Rangers more firepower. Before him, club have signed two midfielders, Ben Watson (from Wigan) and Adel Taarabt (from Tottenham) and goalie Tom Heaton (Man.Utd.). In last game, against Scunthorpe on the road, squad showed signs of progress beating the hosts 1-0. Mentioned Moroccan, Adel Taarabt, netted the only goal at Glanford Park with just three minutes on the clock and the rest of the game QPR successfully kept the result and important three points. Good news for boss Jim Magilton is skipper Martin Rowlands is back after an ankle injury. But Magilton will miss youngster Angelo Balanta (midfielder) who is still out with an ankle injury and defender Fitz Hall who has been sidelined by a groin problem.

Peterborough are noticing not so good debut in English Championship. Just two points from possible 15. Three defeats (Derby 1-2 away, WBA 2-3 at home and Preston North End 0-2 away) and two home draws (Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace, both 1-1). During the transfer market, club didn’t buy a lot, backing on own forces. That formula was bringing a success to Posh in lower divisions, but it seems, the second tier is to big obstacle for this players. Darren Ferguson’s biggest problem is shaky defense line which conceded nine goals so far (the most of them at the start of the match) and short bench. As QPR, they also made a good performance in last round, after being held to a 1-1 draw by favored Crystal Palace. Also, good news for Ferguson come from his medical service as winger Chris Whelpdale could make his first start of the season after a hernia operation, while defender Jamie Day is back in the squad after impressing in the reserve squad match and midfielder Dean Keates is close to match fitness. Today, Posh won’t attack to much. They’ll wait a chance for a counter attack through the flanks, using their key man George Boyd and attacking left-back Tommy Williams.

QPR definitely have the quality for the top half of the table, maybe even something more from that. Previous season was wasted, now it is the time for them to finally start to show their full potential. Better opponent for that, they couldn’t wish. Pinnacle offer 1.83. Home win.

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