Last week, Queens Park Rangers got off to a lacklustre restart to championship football after a 1-0 home defeat to bottom of the table, Barnsley and it must be said it’s the worst I’ve seen us play all season. Whether that is down to the lack of match sharpness or lack of team spirit, will be questioned but what an opportunity for us to bounce back against a Charlton side without Top Scorer Lyle Taylor. This appeals to me as quite a crucial London derby for both sides, Charlton needing a win to try and help lift them clear of any danger towards the relegation zone, due to the fact they are only one point clear of safety, and QPR Needing a win to not only bounce back from last week’s defeat, but also to keep alive there very slim chances of a play-off place. No doubt at all that this will be a fast-paced game with both sides having plenty of pace and young talents looking to show case their abilities. QPR cannot afford to let complacency sneak into the team, and take our run in as an easy run in and allow Charlton to take the game to us when we really need to start fast and continue a high level of intensity throughout the game, we need to be up for it and I’m sure Mark Warburton will have been putting our boys through their paces in training and ready to give us back the QPR this season we’ve been thoroughly entertained by.
Charlton Won their first game back after the pause of the season with a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Hull, Jason Pearce scoring on the 19th minute to seal a crucial win with other teams picking up points around Them. Including that win Charlton Had previously only picked up 6 points from a possible 15 from their last 5 games leaving them dangerously close to the relegation zone. Nevertheless, their togetherness they have shown throughout the season has been nothing short of impressive with the off-field issues and a certain player refusing to play they still show a remarkable amount of character. Charlton will be without top scorer Lyle Taylor after his move away from the club looks imminent other than that the Addicks have no new injury concerns to worry about!
We know how we got on against Barnsley I won’t mention it again! Other than that, QPR had been in good form leading up the to pause of Football, with 2 wins and 2 draws we’d steered clear of any trouble and got our season back on track. For me I think we’ve had a good season considering our financial position and not being able to spend a lot and a new manager with a new style we’ve adapted well. The football we play at times can be some of the best in the league and quite simply a joy to watch. With one of England’s brightest talents in our Ranks (Ebere Eze), who can dictate games just in the middle of the park, we can be a force to be reckoned with, Bright and Ilias are also two exciting prospects for the future. However, with Losing Grant and Marc we lose two experienced heads in our dressing room and two footballers who always gave everything on the pitch. I think overall we will have too much quality for Charlton and this could be a game which turns into a training session for Ebere and he dictates the game at his pace and tempo.
My Prediction: Charlton 1-3 QPR
Written By Josh Donaghy.