Queens Park Rangers vs Brentford - Match Preview

Queens Park Rangers vs Brentford – Match Preview – QPR host East London rivals Brentford on Monday night in EFL Championship action.

Both sides have had a similar ride this season, with only two points separating Ian Holloway’s and Dean Smith’s clubs.

The hosts travelled to Derby in midweek in their previous outing and were beaten 2-0 thanks to goals from Matej Vydra and Tom Lawrence. Brentford didn’t fare much brighter, drawing 1-1 with relegation zone side, Burton Albion.

Queens Park Rangers enter the fixture in dire form having lost their last three matches. A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Nottingham Forest and a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa before the Derby match wont fill Holloway or the QPR fans with much confidence. Not only have results not been on their side recently but neither have injuries. They are without Grant Hall, Nedum Onuoha and James Perch who are vital players in the current squad.

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Mackie could open up the Brentford defence Photo Credit: skysports.com

Attacker Jamie Mackie has been the brightest force thus far for QPR, scoring 4 goals this campaign. The 32-year-old Scotsman helped his side take the lead against Aston Villa, but it was unfortunately not enough. A strong aerial presence and skill with the ball at his feet, Mackie could be a nuisance for the Brentford defenders.

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Watkins has contributed 6 goals so far this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

Dean Smith will be hoping for a more clinical performance from his side after dominating the match at home to Burton only to claim one point. Brentford haven’t had much trouble in front of goal for much of the season however, having accumulated 26 goals from 18 matches. Their sub-par defending at times has cost them points that would see them a lot higher in the table if they were cut out. With 24 goals conceded, the focus in training this week has surely been defending.

Arguably, Brentford possess the talent to overcome this QPR side. One of those talents is attacking player Ollie Watkins. The Englishman has accumulated six goals so far with an assist too. He has pace to burn and could be the difference on Monday night.

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Brentford vs Leeds Utd - Match Preview

Brentford vs Leeds Utd – Match Preview – Leeds United face a tough test at Griffin Park when they face an in-form Brentford while trying to rectify their own fortunes.

The Whites have lost five of their last six matches, and six of their last eight, and have now dropped out of the play-off places after a very promising start to the campaign – two points below the resurgent Derby County but having played a game more.

Consecutive 2-1 home defeats to Sheffield United and Derby County have compounded a very poor run of form for Thomas Christiansen’s side and with the goal remaining to finish at least in the top six come May, an upturn in results starting against Brentford is paramount.

The Bees’ recent period could hardly be more different; undefeated in eight league matches and with three wins from the previous four games, Dean Smith is taking the London club in the right direction after what was a very sluggish start to the year.

Such as the incredibly narrow margins in the division though, just four points separate Leeds (23) in 7th with Brentford (19) in 15th.
Brentford have only lost once to Leeds in the last eight fixtures between the two sides and will be confident of taking a positive result again this time out.

Ollie Watkins has scored 5 in his last 7 games Photo Credit: skysports.com

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Much of The Bees’ recent improvement has been down to the form of Ollie Watkins – the 21-year-old has found the net in five of his last seven games and will be key should Brentford pick up another win. The approximately £1.8m transfer fee paid to Exeter City in the summer for his services seems to be proving an absolute bargain, bigger clubs will undoubtedly come sniffing for such an exciting talent should such a return continue.


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Blackpool vs Exeter City - Match Preview

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Blackpool and Exeter will compete at Wembley in the final match of the League Two season for a place in England’s third tier.

The semi-finals could not have been more exciting; both ties finishing 6-5 on aggregate in enthralling contests to reach the final.
The Grecians made it to Wembley courtesy of Jack Stacey’s dramatic 95th minute winner to break Carlisle hearts.
Astoundingly, Blackpool also benefitted from a remarkable 95th minute injury time winner – the ball unfortunately rebounding off Luton goalkeeper Stuart Moore and into the net to send Blackpool fans into raptures.

Blackpool fans protest against owner Karl Oyston

Blackpool fans protest against owner Karl Oyston Photo Credit: skysports.com

The Tangerines have had an incredibly difficult past couple of seasons; amidst experiencing various off-field problems they have suffered consecutive relegations to find themselves in England’s fourth tier. Only 5000 tickets have been sold and the boycotts organised to protest against Oyston’s ownership of the club looks set to continue to Wembley. In contrast, Exeter have sold over three times as many tickets for the massive clash.
Manager Gary Bowyer has, however, instilled some stability at Bloomfield Road and the club are attempting to bounce straight back into League One at the first time of asking.

Exeter themselves are trying to ply their trade in League One for the first time since 2013 and English football’s current second longest serving manager Paul Tisdale will be confident his side can find glory.

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Gary Bowyer has a full squad to choose from for the big occasion, with every player available for Blackpool after training all week.

Exeter, however, still have Matt Jay and Robbie Simpson unavailable – but have no new injury concerns so Tisdale could name an unchanged side from the semi-final victory over Carlisle.

Ollie Watkins will be key to Exeter reaching League One

Ollie Watkins will be key to Exeter reaching League One Photo Credit: skysports.com

Player to Watch
Exeter forward Ollie Watkins has received numerous plaudits this season; not least after being awarded of the English Football League Young Player of the Year. The 21-year-old has plundered 15 goals in the league this season; notably his brace against Carlisle to send The Grecians to Wembley. Watkins also has 7 assists, and is noted for his dribbling ability and lightning pace and he could well be the difference in attaining promotion.

Just two points separated the two teams after the entirety of the league season and as such the match is too tight to call beforehand.

However, Blackpool have beaten Exeter in 5 of the last 8 meetings between the two sides and are undefeated against The Seasiders are undefeated in this campaign’s encounters.
Blackpool are seeking success in their record-equalling 7th appearance at Wembley (Crystal Palace are the only other side who can match that total) and will be hoping such experience will be invaluable.

Additionally, Exeter have only achieved a solitary clean sheet in their last 19 outings so this might well be an attacking affair.


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