QPR’s summer spending has done absolutely nothing to prevent them from sitting rock bottom of the Premier League. But a relegation battle at home against Reading on Sunday (1.30pm GMT) does give them an opportunity for three points.
QPR manager Mark Hughes’ (pictured) summer transfer activity was seemingly without structure or organisation. It was rather just a throwing together of whatever was available and at a fairly decent price.
They did well to shift Joey Barton, ensuring that his actions would not hinder their progress. But the lack of a meticulous approach in the transfer market has clearly caused plenty of problems.
Mark Hughes’ side does not have the best disciplinary record, either. 14 yellow cards and two red cards is perhaps a good reflection of how frustrated and frustrating this team can be. Although when you look at the manner of Stephane Mbia’s red card against Arsenal last weekend, it sometimes comes down to just plain stupidity.
QPR are yet to win in the league and even at home they have a shocking stat of only having scored twice. There is quality in the team and proven Premier League goal scorers, but the lack of anything substantial in front of goal this season is a real worry.
They have put in hard working shifts, notably against West Ham last month. The game against Arsenal last week saw them find a new lease of life and attacking threat, even with 10 men. But considering Arsenal’s extremely shaky defence that may not say much.
QPR have only recorded one clean sheet all season, surprisingly against Chelsea, but Julio Cesar has reminded us of his quality on a number of occasions this season.
Among the injury concerns for Mark Hughes is Park Ji-Sing and Bobby Zamora. Stephane Mbia will start his three-game ban this weekend.
On Tuesday night Reading were involved in either the greatest piece of entertainment we’ve seen in England in a long time or the most diabolical showing of top-flight defending. Take your pick.
Let’s get that game out of the way. It was a freak occurrence and one that is unlikely to have any great impression on this weekend in terms of Reading goals. However, their defence has leaked goals throughout the season. They’ve conceded two or more goals in eight of their last 11 games in all competitions.
Reading are also chasing their first win this season, with a slightly better home form than QPR going into this match.
This game sees a rematch of the League Cup clash at Loftus Road between the two sides. On that occasion, Reading left 3-2 winners.
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Heading into this game, there should be much more pressure on Mark Hughes to get his team’s first win of the season. Considering their spending during the summer and the fact they’re at home, it’s imperative they put together a winning performance.