Match Preview: QPR vs Leeds: Morrison and Wickham hope to star

Inside Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers will welcome Leeds United to Loftus Road in Saturday's lunch time kick off.

Harry Redknapp has refused to be drawn on speculation over the security of his position in the QPR hotseat, when asked whether dropping down to the play offs would be a disaster for the West London club;

"The play-offs a disaster for QPR? No.

“At the start of the year, I must be honest, I went to Peterborough and we got smashed up and I went down to Exeter and we played absolute rubbish and I thought ‘We’re in a relegation battle with this lot’.

“But we’ve been bang there all year. If you have to go up though the play-offs you’d take that all day, but we want to go up automatically and it’s still a big possibility.” He told West London Sport.

QPR, who are still without Andy Johnson and Charlie Austin, will look to loanee's Ravel Morrison, formerly of Manchester United, and ex-Wolves man Kevin Doyle to break down a Leeds side who have only lost one of their last five league games. It will be an interesting battle between the two as they both hold onto their respective promotion aspirations.

The former Spurs gaffer was under no illusions as they welcome Leeds United to Loftus Road.

“It will be tough. Leeds are a big club. Leeds are a massive club. When you talk about big football clubs, if ever there’s a Premier League club it’s Leeds United.

Brian McDermott's men will be hoping to avenge their 1-0 loss to QPR in August and will be bolstered by the new loan signing Connor Wickham. The former Ipswich Town striker, played a pivotal role in Sheffield Wednesday's recent revival, during his loan spell there, and will look to make an impact at the top of the table as Leeds push for 6th place.

The Wickham loan signing comes after securing the services of Jack Butland and McDermott was very pleased with his recent acquisitions;

"Jack and Connor coming in is great news for this club. This is the right thing thing for Leeds United.These are exciting times here with the calibre of player we have brought in". He told the club's official website.

It will be a hard fought match between two sides that starting line ups wouldn't look out of place in the Premier League. The signing of Connor Wickham will give Leeds a huge boast and give them some really cutting edge, along with in-form Ross McCormack.

QPR will intend to nullify Leeds's attacking options and grind out a 1-0, which they have done so effectively this season even if the wheels have seem to fallen off in recent weeks.

HITC prediction: QPR 1-2 Leeds 

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