Fixtures with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle, West Brom and West Ham will not fill the fans with much hope. Could QPR be without hope come February?
Harry Redknapp has finally earned QPR’s first win of the season with victory over London rivals Fulham. With that victory and the downturn in fortunes of Berkshire side Reading the two sides of Blue-and-White Hoops now accommodate the bottom spots in the Premier League in a different order; QPR are off the bottom.
It has been a disastrous campaign so far at Loftus Road. After investing heavily in the team over the summer many tipped Mark Hughes to take the side to much dizzier heights then last seasons scrappy survival.
Redknapp has turned things around to a degree; utilising the try-hard efforts of Clint Hill and Jamie Mackie other potentially more talented players such as Anton Ferdinand and Junior Hoilett who perhaps were not putting in the effort necessary to fight a relegation battle.
But the next six Premier League fixtures could be the most crucial of the entire campaign.
This is the sextet in full view:
West Brom (H)
West Ham (A)
Three fixtures apiece spread over home and away and there is a question that on paper you could take each game as a potential defeat.
Newcastle have not been in great form so this weekend could be very important to prevent a downturn in form. However they still have plenty of talent in their side ahead of the fixture at St James Park. West Brom follow and while at the start of the season this game could have been welcomed West Brom are high-flyers this season and will be difficult to beat regardless of home advantage.
Then follows a trio of difficult games. Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea are not enviable opponentas away or at home. Then the sixth fixture in this hellish schedule sees a trip to Upton Park to take on a solid looking West Ham side. What makes all this even more difficulty is the games proximities. All six ties have to be played in less than a month; not to forget squeezing a FA Cup tie with West Brom in for good measure on the 5th January.
Objectively a decent par result from the possible 18 points on offer in this run of fixtures would be five points. A home win and draw and an away draw. Realistically in terms of survival if QPR don’t come out of the fixtures with 9 points staying up will become increasingly unlikely when taking into account their remaining fixtures.
Do things get any easier for QPR after these six fixtures? You tell me; their next fixture is Manchester City on the 29th January.
How many points do QPR need in this difficult period in order to stay up?
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