- Queens Park Rangers v Watford
- Sky Bet Championship
- Loftus Road
- Saturday March 11, 3pm KO
- Yellow home kit
- Referee: James Linington
- Assistants: Matthew Jones and Andrew Aylott
- Fourth Official: Craig Hicks
Designated Away Pubs
With nearly 3,000 Watford supporters set to attend this weekend’s match, two local pubs have been designated for Hornets fans:
- Belushis, 13-15 Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8PH (Opens at 11am on a Saturday).
- Sindercombe Social, 2 Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8QD (Opens at 12noon on a Saturday).
Parting ways with Head Coach Neil Critchley last month and appointing long-standing Wycombe Wanderers boss and former Rs midfielder Gareth Ainsworth, Queens Park Rangers have suffered a turn in fortunes since their August victory over the Hornets, and have lost their last five games.
Looking to end a winless run of nine at Loftus Road, Ainsworth’s side currently sit 20th, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Queens Park Rangers are looking to complete a league double over Watford for the first time since the 1986/87 top-flight campaign, following a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture.
Both Watford and QPR have scored in each of their last four league meetings - only in February 1929 (seven games), May 1963 (five games) and December 2007 (five games) have there been longer such runs in this fixture in the Football League.
The Rs are winless in their last nine league games at Loftus Road, losing each of their last three and conceding 19 goals during that run (2.1 per game).
For a full statistical breakdown, check out Stats Buzz: Queens Park Rangers In Numbers.
João Ferreira and Jeremy Ngakia will travel with the Watford squad but left-back Hassane Kamara, who continues to progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, will miss out. Click HERE for more.
Forward Sinclair Armstrong may be in line for a return to action for the hosts, but the injury list contains Chris Willock, Ethan Laird, Ilias Chair, Jake Clarke-Salter, Tyler Roberts and Leon Balogun.
What Are They Saying?
Chris Wilder, Watford Head Coach:
“If we can get out of the traps quickly on Saturday that’ll be great. I believe we’re taking about 3,000 supporters, and they’ll be expecting a performance just as much as I will.”
Gareth Ainsworth, Queens Park Rangers Head Coach:
“Watford is always a tough test. Chris Wilder is in charge now, and we have to be adaptable.
“I’ve had many battles with Chris over the years. He’s a fantastic manager who has proved it in the Premier League.
“I’m sure it will be another battle on Saturday.”
August 2022: Watford 2-3 QPR (Championship)
February 2021: Watford 1-2 QPR (Championship)
November 2020: QPR 1-1 Watford (Championship)
February 2019: QPR 0-1 Watford (FA Cup)
April 2014: QPR 2-1 Watford (Championship)
December 2013: Watford 0-0 QPR (Championship)
The Hornets advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 2018/19, as Étienne Capoue fired home the winner in first-half stoppage time.
Domestic and overseas supporters can access live coverage of Queens Park Rangers v Watford, via the Hornets’ Hive Live streaming service with Jon Marks and Tommy Mooney.
Click HERE for more information on how to follow the enticing clash.