Date: 31st January 2014 at 11:28pm
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QPR were dealt a crushing blow this week with the news that player of the season so far, Charlie Austin has been ruled out for a prolonged period owing to a shoulder injury that requires surgery. After Austin (15 goals), the next highest goalscorer has a mere three goals, and I must admit, like many, I was pretty despondent upon hearing the news yesterday.

However, it has meant Harry Redknapp has had to act quickly in the transfer market today and as I write this Aaron Hughes, Kevin Doyle, Will Keane, Guilherme Dellatorre and Modibo Maiga have been brought in on loan. If Doyle in particular can rediscover his early form at Wolves and Reading then we`ve got a very good striker on our hands. This season, Doyle has struggled and hopefully a change of scenery will sort his confidence out. Maybe a fresh start at Loftus Road will help him rediscover the scoring touch that has eluded him in this campaign.

Tomorrow`s match against Burnley will be a tough test for the R`s. Burnley eased to victory in the reverse fixture in October, courtesy of a brace from the excellent Danny Ings. His partnership with Sam Vokes has been one of the main reasons why they are in the hunt for promotion, and they must be dealt with (somehow) if the Super Hoops are to take anything out of the game.

Without Austin, QPR need Johnson, Zamora and the new bunch to step up. Let`s face it, without other players supplementing Austin`s goals, our promotion hopes will fade fast. That being said, I`m intrigued to see how the new lads get on and think a manager like Harry Redknapp is certainly the right man to restore confidence in players like Doyle and Maiga.

QPR Team News:

Joey Barton could return from injury. Charlie Austin and Danny Simpson miss out. Kevin Doyle could make his debut.

Possible line up:

GREEN

HUGHES – DUNNE – HILL – ASSOU-EKOTTO

PHILLIPS – CARROLL – BARTON – KRANJCAR

JOHNSON – ZAMORA

Player to watch: –

Burnley Team News:

The Clarets will give late fitness tests to midfielder Keith Treacy and defender Daniel Lafferty.

Possible line up:

HEATON

TRIPPIER – DUFF – SHACKELL – MEE

ARFIELD- JONES – MARNEY – KIGHTLY

INGS – VOKES

Player to watch: –

Match Facts & Stats

The R`s have only scored two goals in their last five league meetings with Burnley combined.

Burnley are unbeaten in eight meetings with the R`s in all competitions, winning five.

QPR have kept eight clean sheets at home this campaign, more than any other side, but none in their last four games.

Tom Heaton has the best save percentage of any Championship keeper to have made over 20 saves (79.12%).

The Super Hoops are the only Championship side yet to ship any goals in the opening 15 minutes of any fixture this season, while Burnley have conceded just once.

Only Jordan Rhodes (8) has scored more goals away from home than Sam Vokes this campaign (7).





LAST FIVE

QPR: WLWWW
BURNLEY: WLWDD

HEAD 2 HEAD

QPR: 10
BURNLEY: 20
Draw: 6



LAST TIME OUT

Championship – 26/10/13
Turf Moor

Burnley 2 (Ings x2)
QPR 0

Team: Green, Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Barton, Kranjcar (Phillips), Henry (Jenas), Hoilett, O`Neill (Chevanton), Austin.

Attendance: 16,074

Ref Watch:

Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Mark Scholes & Simon Long
Fourth Official: Lee Collins

Roger East is the match official for tomorrow`s clash against the Clarets. This season, East has issued 63 yellow cards and 1 red card in 19 games.

Match Prediction:



1-1Score Draw.

Next Up

Who: Derby
Where: Pride Park
When: 10/02/14