Ian Holloway explains why Brighton should be excited about facing QPR

Holloway & Freedman

The former Queens Park Rangers boss has been previewing the R's' Championship clash with Brighton.

Ian Holloway believes Brighton should be excited about the prospect of facing QPR in the Championship this week, according to his regular predictions column for Sky Sports.

Indeed, the pundit has heaped praise on the Seagulls' recent form.

And he also feels the R's have far less to play for, making this game a promising prospect for Brighton.

Holloway told Sky Sports: "Brighton will be licking their lips ahead of these round of fixtures. Chris Hughton will be telling his players that this is their big chance. A win will guarantee that the gap to the top two will close whatever happens at Turf Moor.

"His boys will be buzzing, too. To beat Fulham 5-0 is an amazing achievement. They've won five of their last six games, scoring 14 times.

"QPR haven't got anything to play for and will already have eyes on next season. Brighton should get the job done."

Holloway is right about Brighton's superb form but it's far too simplistic to dismiss QPR on the basis they have little to play for.

The R's have had little to play for for weeks but have still lost just once in their last seven Championship games.

QPR earned a creditable draw against play-off chasing Cardiff City this weekend and were only beaten by Middlesbrough, after they themselves put in a good shift at Loftus Road.

That's the kind of calibre needed to beat QPR right now. Brighton, though, have proved they are of that calibre this season.

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