A strong start to the season that saw QPR win three of their opening five matches meant they occupied fourth spot in the Sky Bet Championship come the end of August, but a barren run thereafter of just two wins from 10 cost head coach Chris Ramsey his job. Included in that spell was their biggest defeat of the season; 4-0 against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was appointed a month later but had to wait nine matches for his first win; a 3-0 success away to Rotherham United. They followed that up with consecutive draws with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest, and go into Saturday’s West London derby on the back of a narrow win over Ipswich Town last time out.
Some big names departed Loftus Road in January as Sandro and Leroy Fer joined West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City, respectively, on loan, while top scorer Charlie Austin left for Southampton on a permanent deal. In came Peterborough United striker Conor Washington and Burton Albion winger Abdenasser El Khayati.
Washington and Alejandro Faurlin will have fitness tests after limping out of the Ipswich win with ankle and thigh injuries, respectively.
It will be a cold day in W12 with temperatures of around five degrees come kick-off, and a 50/50 chance of rain is forecast.
There is a Wetherspoons (The Central Bar) opposite Shepherd’s Bush tube station, and next door is Beluschi’s, the official away fan pub.
What an evening this was, as Fulham blew QPR away to win 4-0 at Craven Cottage back in September. Moussa Dembélé headed in as early as the second minute, before Ben Pringle doubled the advantage with a clinical shot from the edge of the box. Ross McCormack finished off a sweeping team move to make it three in the first half, and grabbed his second and the Whites’ fourth after the break to round off a sublime all-round performance.