Ian Holloway predicts Middlesbrough v QPR

The pundit and former manager has been previewing Middlesbrough's Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Ian Holloway believes Middlesbrough will beat QPR this Friday night, according to his regular Sky Sports predictions column.

Boro host the R's in the Championship having lost their last league game to Hull City rather convincingly.

But Holloway believes Middlesbrough will have too much for QPR, who are currently being coached by Neil Warnock on an interim basis.

However, the pundit insists he would reconsider his prediction if Charlie Austin was declared fit for the the west London side's trip to the Riverside Stadium. 

Holloway told Sky Sports: "If Austin makes it, then I'd be seriously reconsidering my prediction. He's a fantastic player.

"Middlesbrough have the strikers to finish off their chances, like David Nugent. I was surprised that he was allowed to leave Leicester - his work rate is phenomenal and he links up so well with Stewart Downing. What a combination!"

What QPR can achieve this season is certainly up in the air. Chris Ramsey's sacking suggests a lack of direction but head of football operations Les Ferdinand insists the R's have a plan - one that may simply involve getting through two or three managers.

Interestingly, Middlesbrough may have lost badly to Hull but remain on course for a solid showing this campaign. Aitor Karanka's side are well in the hunt for promotion, although QPR could be in a similar position if they show a good run of form. The Championship can change very quickly.

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