Queens Park Rangers are the big spenders in the Championship with ex-Cherry Harry Redknapp at the helm. It was ten years ago that Queens Park Rangers last made the trip to Dean Court with Warren Feeney scoring the winner. The away game resulted in the same score with the veteran Paul Furlong getting the only goal of the game. QPR got promoted after finishing 2nd, while the Cherries finished in ninth, just 7 points off the playoffs.
The 2003/04 season was the Cherries first back in League One (Division 2) after winning the play-offs the previous season (we still dream of Fletch’s goal). Before getting relegated the Cherries played QPR in the 2001/02 season with a 1-1 draw away from home and a 2-1 loss at home. Warren Feeney got the goal at Loftus Road, Richard Hughes got a red card, and Carl Fletcher scored a late consolation at home.
LAST TIME OUT
QPR 3 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0
27′ – Charlie AUSTIN | 54′ – Junior HOLLIETT | 77′ – Matt PHILLIPS
Will AFC Bournemouth win today? Here some stats and facts.
Bournemouth have won 45%, drawn 25% and lost 30% of their last 20 home games.
Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in 25% of their last 20 home games.
Bournemouth have failed to score in 25% of their last 20 home games.
QPR have won 35%, drawn 25% and lost 40% of their last 20 away games.
QPR have kept a clean sheet in 35% of their last 20 away games.
QPR have failed to score in 45% of their last 20 away games.
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH END
With Harry Redknapp in charge QPR have spent a fortune on players, and still they are only destined for the play-offs. When they beat us back in December they had the striker that should have been an ex-Bournemouth player, (Thanks Football League) in the shape of goalscorer supreme Charlie Austin. He might be back in the squad but hopefully he wont be getting a game.
There are a few connections beyond Harry and Charlie with Mr Kevin ‘always in a job thanks to Harry Redknapp’ Bond. The ex-Cherries manager managed to oversee one of the best run of games ever at the club, while overseeing our relegation at the same time. Impressive. His reign was an interesting one, but it would seem he wasn’t quite cut out to be a No 1, but destined to be a No 2. Talking of No 1’s we will be paying a visit to the ale house for a couple of cheeky Stella’s and some match warmers in the shape of whatever cheap whisky they have. Expensive whisky if someone else is paying of course. This should get the vocal chord ready for some dignified, clever and amusing anecdotes. Well, I will think they are dignified, clever and amusing.
PREDICTION: This is easy. It will be another 4 – something drubbing with the opposition failing to get any where near us in the opening half hour. Hopefully, some of Kevin Bond’s coaching finesse will be bestowed upon the QPR players and they wont be quite sure what they are supposed to be doing. QPR haven’t been scoring a lot of goals away from home and we have been scoring plenty at home, so its obviously a 1-1 draw. But we like to be more optimistic so it victory by a single goal, another three points and lots of mentions of P’s . Play-offs, promotion, Premiership and of course promotion for those lovely lot Leicester. (Warning: remember our predictions are usually wrong).