So QPR are playing their third London derby and it’s only their sixth game of the season. Now ask most QPR fans and they really will expect a win at Loftus Road on Monday night and I have to agree.
The East London club haven’t scored away from home this season and will be without on loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll. Carlton Cole is still a dangerous player and will have to be marked well.
The man to watch is Kevin Nolan; to me he’s a very underrated player and yet very versatile; if he’s in the mood we could be in trouble.
Both teams lost in the Capital Cup last week so really it’s a question of who will react better; this is where home advantage should come into it.
On certain social media sites, some QPR fans are calling for Mark Hughes to be sacked; I think that’s hitting the ‘panic’ button a little too soon but if we do lose to the claret and blues surely questions will be asked.
The most annoying thing about this is we have a very good side with very good players. I think the players that have been brought in are of a very high standard; so what’s going wrong?
Is Hughes training them too hard or is it the other way round and he’s wrapping them in cotton wool? Either way we can’t really afford any more injuries.
Kieron Dyer spent four years at West Ham but you could hardly call him a regular; playing thirty games tells it own story. He’s playing well and will have a big point to prove.
There is one thing I’m a firm believer in and not only for my own team but for all teams playing at home and that’s having two up front. I have to say I’m very impressed with Bobby Zamora and his goals return this season; he’s playing against one of his former clubs so should be well up for it.
He has to be partnered up front by Cisse; the goal he scored against Reading is probably the best he’s scored in a hooped shirt. The other thing that puzzles me about Hughes is his substitutions; by that I mean the timing of them. If you want a player to change a game you can’t expect it to be done in five minutes; they need at least twenty minutes to half an hour to get that chance.
I think the lads will be fired up on Monday night and I really can see us getting our first three points on the board. We’ve played the Hammers 34 times with ten wins each and fourteen draws so it’s a chance to creep slightly ahead which I’m sure we will.
Tony Fernandes is a Hammers fan and owns QPR! Will he cheer when we win? I’ll watch the Directors box to see.
I can see Zamora carrying on scoring with a brace; Cisse getting the other in a three goals to one victory for the Mighty Hoops.
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