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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
13:00 26th August 2015
By  David Threlfall-Sykes

MATCH PREVIEW: QPR (H)

The Terriers come up against the Sky Bet Championship’s most prolific team on Saturday in the form of Queens Park Rangers.

In just four league games, Rangers’ First Team has scored an impressive nine goals – thanks in no small part to star striker Charlie Austin.

The former Swindon forward has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs after netting 18 goals for QPR in the top flight last season, but is still at Loftus Road and has already grabbed four this term.

Chris Ramsey 4_3

However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Head Coach Chris Ramsey (pictured above) during the start of his first full season at the helm. Only Rotherham United has conceded more goals that the eight Rangers’ defence has leaked so far, with two goals let in per game to date. Despite this, Rangers boasts several notable defenders including Captain Nedum Onuoha and the experienced Clint Hill.

That defensive record contributed to a bit of a slow start for the promotion hopefuls this season. A 2-0 opening day defeat at Charlton Athletic and 2-2 home stalemate with Cardiff City was followed by QPR dropping two goals behind at Wolves but just as Rangers fans would be starting to worry about their team’s prospects, the players fought back to record a superb 3-2 win at Molineux.

That was followed up by a fine 4-2 home win over Rotherham United last weekend; a result that propelled QPR into sixth position in the embryonic table.

Alongside Austin, there are further threats to look out for on Saturday. Summer signing Tjarron Cherry – a reported £2.25 million capture – has grabbed two goals as has powerful right winger Matt Phillips.

Other summer recruits include striker Sebastian Polter from Mainz, for reported £1.5 million; defenders James Perch and Grant Hall; midfield duo Ben Gladwin and Massimo Luongo from Swindon Town and, of course, Town duo Alex Smithies and Oscar Gobern among others.

Charlie Austin 4_3

QPR’s last league XI:

GK Rob Green

DL Paul Konchesky
DC Grant Hall
DC Nedum Onuoha (c)
DR James Perch

MC Alejandro Faurlin
MC Karl Henry

AML Tjarron Chery
AMC Massimo Luongo
AMR Matt Phillips

S Charlie Austin (pictured above)

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now for this game; click HERE for full information.

PRE-MATCH FOOD

Pre-match food and refreshments are available from PPG Canalside. Together with ample car parking and an easy walk to the match, PPG Canalside is the ideal place to meet your friends pre-match. Click HERE to visit the website.

HOME KIT

The Terriers will be in the 2015/16 PUMA home kit again on Saturday – get yours online HERE!