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Match Preview: QPR v Pompey

Everything you need to know about Carabao Cup clash

28 August 2019

QPR v Pompey

Pompey will try to book their spot in the third round of the Carabao Cup when they visit QPR this evening.

You have to go back to the 2010/11 campaign to find the last time that happened, with Steve Cotterill the man in charge.

They saw off Stevenage and Crystal Palace – the latter on penalties – that season before suffering a narrow home defeat to Leicester.

But the Blues got their revenge on the Foxes just three days later by thrashing them 6-1 in a Championship encounter.

Their next opponents are currently sitting 12th in the second tier standings at this early stage, having collected seven points from five matches.

Rangers were, unlike their visitors, in action at the weekend, battling from behind to beat Wigan 3-1 on home soil.

Mark Warburton’s men required spot-kicks to get this far in the Carabao Cup, seeing off Bristol City following a 3-3 draw.

And fans are reminded that there is no extra-time if the sides cannot be separated after 90 minutes tonight, with the tie going straight to a shoot-out.

The victors will almost immediately discover who they face next, with the draw taking place live on Sky Sports this evening.

TEAM NEWS
Lee Brown is set for a spell of six weeks on the sidelines after suffering an Achilles injury in the last match against Coventry.

Brun Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are both out, while Oli Hawkins (foot) and Ryan Williams (quad) are expected to resume training towards the end of the week.

QPR could ring the changes, with on-loan Brighton striker Jan Mlakar and second choice keeper Liam Kelly among those hoping for a chance.

However, the hosts will be without the injured trio of Luke Amos (hamstring), Geoff Cameron (hamstring) and Lee Wallace (hip).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Andy Cannon or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 wins
QPR: 15 wins
13 draws

At Loftus Road
Pompey: 3 wins
QPR: 10 wins
6 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can still buy tickets for this evening’s game, with more than 1,500 already sold. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Garry Maskell and Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: Anthony Da Costa

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers and audio match pass holders can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Alan McLoughlin by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm this evening.

Please note that Carabao Cup matches are not available to watch live on iFollow, either by overseas or domestic supporters.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Thursday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
QPR are the 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to reach the third round, while Pompey can be backed at 6/5.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and to earn money for the club. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN CARABAO CUP
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Bournemouth v Forest Green
Burnley v Sunderland
Lincoln v Everton
Newcastle v Leicester
Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday
Swansea v Cambridge

LAST MEETING


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