Tuesday, 3 December 2013

How impressive are QPR at home?

Eddie Howe takes his side to Loftus Road on Tuesday night. Rangers have a great home record though and AFCB will have to watch a few very talented players that they have. It's not just up front wither where Bournemouth need to be aware of shots coming in on goal, because they also have the special dead ball talents of Joey Barton who has already scored some great goals this season. It is also likely that Tom Carroll and Junior Hoilett will play some part in the game.

Charlie Austin has to be the chief threat though with nine goals already this season. Eddie Howe will know all about him having initially spotted him at Poole Town and then having a spell with him at Burnley. This season he has played up front mainly on his own as Andy Johnson has been injured. Still, this does not seem to have slowed down the victories at home.

QPR simply are not conceding many goals at Loftus Road. Rangers have only let in 10 goals all season. One-nil has been the most popular score at QPR and the second number of scores is 2:0. Rangers are unbeaten at home this season if you discount the League Cup defeat to Swindon, so the task for Bournemouth is a huge one, but one they should relish. If they are to win though they will have to beat an inform Robert Green in goal. He has been so good that there are those who have been shouting for an England recall for him.

Harry Redknapp has certainly done a great restructuring job at QPR and this will be just about as hard a game that AFCB can expect this season. The Cherries' away form though has been improving and with good draws against Burnley and Nottingham Forest there is good reason to believe that QPR might not have it all their own way in this match.

The BBC is reporting that Leiws Grabban will be assessed before the game so we could see him back in the side, Tindall says Lewis trained well yesterday. It is up front where Eddie Howe may think of changing things. He is clever at keeping secrets, but if Grabban does feel well enough to play I think he will start and that would mean dropping either Pitman or Rantie to the bench. I expect Nico Yennaris to be on the bench as the back four did well against Brighton last game, but he might get a chance to come off the bench this time. The real battle will be in midfield in this game and it will be valuable to see how well Harry Arter and Eunan O'Kane can do against a quality QPR midfield. 

QPR Home form:

AFCB Away form:

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