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League football returns to Hillsborough today as we look to continue to get over the hangover of the game at Preston last weekend. It was a less than auspicious start to a season which has left those from across the city gloating and using their chant, which we sarcastically took, and use back against us after ONE game.

Anyway… Onto Today…. Win. We need that but getting it in a style akin to that we played in midweek in the defeat of Chesterfield in the Carabao Cup would be nice. Our visitors QPR have started the season quite well, with a 2-0 win over Reading, then they defeated Northampton Town in the Cup.

Wednesday……

Wednesday have one doubt, Steven Fletcher is apparently facing a late fitness test after picking up a knock in that aforementioned Cup game in which he scored. Liam Palmer is back and fit to be called upon if need be, Keiren Westwood of course will return between the sticks after having the night off in midweek.

Glenn Loovens will probably return to partner Tom Lees with Daniel Pudil to move back to left back, and then through the rest of the middle of the pitch it’s anyone’s guess (aside from Barry Bannan) who will feature. Sam Hutchinson, David Jones, Almen Abdi and Kieran Lee are all vying for a central berth in midfield. Up front I’d hazard a guess it will be a case of picking two from Gary Hooper, Jordan Rhodes, Fernando Forestieri and Fletcher.

QPR….

Ian Holloway’s side travel North to Yorkshire full of confidence after those two victories and buoyed by the return of Steven Caulker in midweek. The former Liverpool player however, WON’T be in contention to face the Owls as his manager has decided to give him a little more time as he gets back into the swing of football. Grant Hall and Jordan Cousins won’t feature as they have knee and hamstring injuries respectively, also Idrissa Sylla is missing after a blow to the head against the Cobblers ruled him out this weekend.

Former Leeds striker, Matt Smith, should be ok however after he received a nasty head wound in the cup game but after having six stitches he’s been given the go ahead to play if selected. Kazenga Lua Lua can face Wednesday after he joined up with the R’s on a loan deal until January 2018.

Holloway has said he expects this to be one of the sternest tests for his side on the road this season… We’ll soon see!

Last Time Out V QPR at Hillsborough…..

Wednesday took the spoils in both games against QPR last season, the first being the game in South Yorkshire in October… Here are the highlights….





Some stats V QPR….

This will be the 67th meeting between Wednesday and the R’s… With the Owls being ahead in head to head victories, there’s a ten win gap between the sides, (30-20) and 16 games ending in a draw.

In the last ten meetings between the sides at Hillsborough there’s only been two games which have ended in a draw, so you could arguably bet on a win today!!!
That said, QPR have only won once in their last eight league visits to Sheffield 6.

Final Thoughts….

Please banish last weekend from memory. It wasn’t good as anyone who was there will testify. However, with 45 games (at least) ahead of us in the Championship a return to winning ways today wouldn’t go amiss!!! I wasn’t at the cup game in midweek but a bunkerbusting goal from Bannan could be the thing to see him return to former glories, that win and style of play could also be a precursor for today… Couldn’t it?

I just can’t wait to get back down there…. See you in a bit!!!

Prediction…..

Wednesday 1 QPR 0

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