Swansea will be looking to get their Championship promotion push back on track as they host a struggling QPR side on Tuesday night.
The Swans have lost two of their last three games, including a home defeat to Derby last time out, as their hopes of securing a top-six finish have taken a hit.
QPR may still be nine points clear of the bottom three, but four defeats in their last five fixtures has seen them slide down the table. They will now be looking nervously over their shoulder as the Championship season enters the home straight.
Both sides need points, but for totally different reasons. Who will come out on top in South Wales? Read on for our preview and predictions….
When is Swansea vs QPR and where can I watch live?
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event
Last five meetings: Swansea vs QPR
Bold date: QPR 5-1 Swansea (FA Cup)
Bold date: QPR 1-3 Swansea (Championship)
Bold date: QPR 4-0 Swansea (Championship)
Bold date: Swansea 3-0 QPR (Championship)
Bold date: QPR 1-1 Swansea (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Swansea (LWLWD) 8-11 QPR (WLWLD)
Ones to watch
Swansea: Rhian Brewster
Rhian Brewster is one the most talked about youngsters on Liverpool‘s books. That is quite the compliment given the talent they have in their ranks. Swansea snapped him up on a short-term loan in January, meaning he’s finally getting consistent, first-team action for the first time in his career. He’s only going to get better and will take heart from the manner in which the likes of countrymen Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have managed to step up from the Championship to the Premier League.
Key stat: Rhian Brewster has started every game since joining Swansea on loan, scoring two goals in five games.
QPR: Eberechi Eze
Eberechi Eze is one of the most exciting players in the division: if you haven’t watched him before, we advise you to do it on Tuesday night. Blessed with mesmeric dribbling skills and a beautiful style on the ball, the 21-year-old is starting to be linked to Premier League clubs. Don’t be surprised to see him in the top flight sooner rather than later.
Key stat: No current QPR player has contributed to more goals (16) than Eberechi Eze this season.
Dutch centre back Mike van der Hoorn is a doubt due to a knee injury while there are also question marks over Bersant Celina’s involvement. George Byers was forced off in the early stages of the weekend’s 2-3 defeat to Derby with an ankle injury and could miss the game entirely.
Brewster and fellow loanee Conor Gallagher are set to start while Andre Ayew will be aiming to score for the first time in almost a month.
Predicted XI: Woodman; Roberts, Guehi, Rodon, Naughton; Grimes; Ayew, Gallagher, Dhanda, Routledge; Brewster.
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Rangers boss Mark Warburton could opt to hand Spurs loanee Jack Clarke a first start in an attempt to freshen up an attack that has yielded no goals in two games.
Geoff Cameron is set to return after a two-match suspension while Yoann Barbet is expected to be back in contention. Jordan Hugill will lead the line as he looks to make the Rangers faithful forget about the loss of Nahki Wells.
Predicted XI: Kelly; Kane, Hall, Masterson, Wallace; Amos, Ball; Osayi-Samuel, Eze, Chair, Hugill.
Neither side is exactly flying right now and QPR have lost three games on the bounce, so their confidence will be low. The hosts are without a win in three themselves but will view this as a very winnable game as they look to cling onto the coattails of teams occupying the play-off places.