Coventry v QPR (Preview only)

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Coventry v QPR (Preview only)

Postby dutchman » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:50 pm

Coca Cola Championship
Venue: Ricoh Arena Date: Saturday, 13 February 2010 Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio, Final Score & highlights on The Football League Show


Forward Freddie Sears could make his Coventry debut after joining the club on loan from West Ham.

Midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (leg) and centre-back James McPake (back) will need late fitness tests.

QPR are without on-loan striker Marcus Bent (hamstring) and Mikele Leigertwood is suspended, but Peter Ramage is back after serving a one-match ban.

Left-back Gary Borrowdale has recovered from a calf problem and could return to face his former club.


QPR are in freefall, and Tuesday's home defeat against fellow strugglers Ipswich underlined the fact that the troubled London club are in a relegation battle.

That loss was their fourth in a row, leaving them 17th - only two points away from the relegation zone - and prompting an angry response from disgruntled Rangers fans.

It was followed by club chairman Gianni Paladini seeking to be relieved of his additional title of sporting director, which was given to him soon after the Flavio Briatore-led takeover of 2007.

Coventry were themselves struggling before putting together a recent run of four matches without defeat. A victory would take them further clear of danger - and six points clear of QPR.



• The last two matches between these clubs have ended in a draw.

• Coventry are unbeaten in five matches against QPR. They have won two and drawn three since Rangers' 1-0 win at the Ricoh Arena in April 2007.


• Coventry have drawn three and won one of their last four league outings, and have lost one in six.

• Chris Coleman's side have opened the scoring in 15 games this season. Only Cardiff (19) and Newcastle (18) have netted first in more Championship matches.

• If selected, striker Freddy Eastwood will be making his 250th career appearance.

Queens Park Rangers

• QPR have picked up one point out of a possible 15 since Mick Harford took over as manager.

• The 2-1 home victory over Bristol City on Boxing Day is Rangers' only win in 13 league outings, and they are without a win in seven away matches.

• They have have dropped points from winning positions this season - more than any other Championship side.


QPR 2-2 Coventry (28 November 2009)

QPR scorers: Simpson 35, Buzsaky 59.

Coventry scorers: Best 16, Wood 81.
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