West London Derby – Queens Park Rangers vs Brentford
The clash of West London is sure to be a feisty one as QPR take on Brentford. The R’s have only lost 1 game out of their last 5 but are 9 points off the playoffs, sitting in 11th meaning a late push is unlikely, but not unachievable. Brentford however have lost 4 games out of their last 5 and sit in 17th, 8 points off the drop zone, but they shouldn’t get dragged into a relegation fight.
Former Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hasn’t had the best start to his QPR career, with only 4 wins in his 18 matches and will be hoping to get the 3 points against an off-form Brentford.
Bees’ manager Dean Smith is also new to the Championship having joined from League One side Walsall in November. The sides met in October last year with the Bees’ triumphant with a 1-0 win at Griffin Park and after such a promising season for the reds, it has since declined for them.
Alan McCormack could be back in contention for the Bees after a lengthy spell out since January but full-back Maxime Colin could be out for the rest of the season with a groin injury. Veteran defender Clint Hill should be fit to start for the R’s after his hamstring niggle last week against Derby and his Premier League experience could be what stands out in this match.
It will be the first time the managers will pair up against each other since October when both men managed their respective 3rd tier sides. Now both managing Championship sides, they will both be gunning for the 3 points in this local derby with the R’s surely wishing for payback on their home soil.