QPR v Aston Villa preview: Key battles, television coverage and more

QPR's Tjaronn Chery celebrates scoring their first goal

QPR are in need of a win as they welcome mid-table Villa to Loftus Road for this Sunday lunchtime Championship clash.

Ian Holloway's return to QPR has not quite provided the boost that the club's supporters hoped it might have.

The experienced boss started his latest tenure in West London with a fine 2-1 win over Norwich, but four straight defeats since - including a 1-0 reverse at bottom club Rotherham last weekend - have left the Hoops just three points above the bottom three.

Villa's 1-0 defeat at Norwich in midweek was their second loss under Steve Bruce, with the club currently lacking the consistency to challenge at the top end of the Championship.

Tjarron Chery of Queens Park Rangers scores their second goal from the penalty spotTjarron Chery of Queens Park Rangers scores their second goal from the penalty spot

The Key Battle - Tjaron Chery vs Mile Jedinak 

QPR's talented Dutchman hit double figures in his debut season in English football last time around, but has just four goals to his name this season and has not found the net since September - the R's need Chery to find form if they are to climb the table.

Looking to keep him quiet on Sunday will be Jedinak, who has impressed Villa supporters with his consistently solid displays in front of the back four since his summer arrival from Crystal Palace.

Jacob Murphy of Norwich City in action with Mile Jedinak of Aston VillaMile Jedinak of Aston Villa (R)

Last Meeting:

The most recent encounter between these two sides was a six-goal thriller in the Premier League in April 2015, with Christian Benteke's hat-trick not enough to secure all three points for Villa as the Hoops earned a 3-3 draw.

Villa travel to the capital looking for their first win at Loftus Road since 1991.

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian HollowayQueens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway

Recent league form – most recent last:

QPR - DWLLLL

Aston Villa - WDWLWL

Who’s the ref?

Geoff Eltringham will have the whistle on Sunday.

The experienced official has shown three red cards in his 20 matches so far this season, including one for Cardiff's Lee Peltier in Aston Villa's 3-1 win over the Bluebirds in November.

Jack Grealish celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston VillaJack Grealish celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston Villa

What time is kick off?

It is a noon start at Loftus Road, with the match getting underway at 12pm on Sunday.

Where can I watch it?

Sky Sports 2 is the place to see this one, with build-up beginning at 11.45am.

Odds

QPR - 12/5

Draw - 21/10

Aston Villa - 5/4

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