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Cherries Away Days: QPR

Ahead of AFC Bournemouth's trip to QPR for Tuesday's Championship clash, AFCB Vital spoke to Jack Supple from Vital QPR to give us a little preview of what to expect.

Any tips on getting to and from the ground?

Nearest tube stations are White City (Central Line), Wood Lane (Hammersmith & City Line) or Shepherds Bush (Central Line).

All within a 10-15 minute walk from the ground.


Where are the best places for a pre-match drink for away supporters?

Around the ground there are a wealth of pubs within a ten minute walk. Shepherds Bush Green, Goldhawk Road and Uxbridge Road have plenty of options but generally away fans would frequent the Walkabout or O'Neills.

For those who haven't been before, what's your ground like for away supporters?

Loftus Road is a tight and atmospheric ground and certainly has an old-fashioned feel to it, what with the crowd being so close to the players. Away fans are situated in the School End and sometimes take both tiers depending on ticket allocations.

Who is your player to watch?

Charlie Austin - scored 4 goals in his last 4 games at Loftus Road. Austin is QPR's top scorer with 9 goals in all competitions. Next highest scorers are Joey Barton/Andrew Johnson on just 2 goals, which tells you how over-reliant QPR have been on Austin`s goals this term.

Do you have any injury concerns ahead of the game?

Alejandro Faurlin is out for the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament against Derby. Nedum Onuoha is out with a hamstring issue. Bobby Zamora is a doubt. Spurs loanee Tom Carroll could return.

What are your predictions for this game and the season?

Despite Bournemouth`s recent winless run, I think they are a dangerous side at this level and will certainly be a tough test for us. Matt Ritchie`s delivery and shooting ability will be a threat and the pace of Lewis Grabban could do a bit of damage on the counter.

After QPR`s dire showing against Doncaster, I feel Harry Redknapp will demand a reaction tonight and therefore think the R`s will edge the game 1-0. QPR tend to dominate possession but play at such a tempo that is easy to defend against. If Bournemouth can keep it tight early on, there's every chance they can come away with a result. However, if QPR play with a high tempo and have the likes of Junior Hoilett and Matt Phillips starting on the wings, it could spell trouble for the Bournemouth back four.

In terms of season predictions - anything other than promotion will be a big disappointment, especially when you consider QPR`s budget and squad depth. Not many Championship sides have the likes of Junior Hoilett, Andrew Johnson and Shaun Wright-Phillips on the bench. However, Rangers aren`t scoring enough goals and this needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, otherwise promotion will be very difficult.


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Date:Tuesday December 3 2013

Time: 12:08PM

 

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