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PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to Loftus Road this weekend

Mark Robins side head to West London...

29 September 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to Loftus Road this weekend

Mark Robins side head to West London...

29 September 2023

The Sky Blues are back on the road for the final time before the international break, as they travel to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers.

Meet The Hoops:

Two wins from the final three fixtures of last season saw Gareth Ainsworth keep Queens Park Rangers in the Championship, as he steadied the ship following his arrival in late February.

The Hoops endured a season of two halves in the last campaign, sitting top of the table in mid-October, before a run of 2 wins in 25 fixtures saw them dragged into a relegation fight.


Looking to make his mark on QPR in the Summer Transfer Window, Ainsworth recruited nine players to bolster his side, with Asmir Begovic, Jack Colback, Steve Cook, Taylor Richards and more arrive at Loftus Road.

So far this season, two wins, two draws and four defeats sees QPR sat 18th heading into this weekend, without a home win since March.


Mark Robins Quotes:

“They've got eight points. They're on the same points as us. They they've got a really good squad and they play in a different way.

“Gareth’s gone really at it that they'll press, they'll come down and they'll try and condense the space and they'll work hard.

“They've got some quality in the side and some power, as you'd expect, so there's that and it's another tough Championship game.

“We’ve got a tough week, we count Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, before another international break, it just seems we've only just had an international break and there's another one on the horizon, but three tough games coming up and we're looking forward to them.

“We've got to obviously try and win a game and that would be our first away win of the season. So again, really looking forward to it. It's another opportunity for us.”


Gareth Ainsworth Quotes:

They had a slow start last season but finished like a train and were brilliant in the play-offs.

"They're trying to find their feet currently with new players, but Mark Robins is one of the best managers in the division. His teams are good to watch and always work their socks off.


"Myself and Mark have had some great battles throughout the leagues. I won't hide from it, I've always found it tough against Coventry and it's about time I changed my record against them!

"We're working really hard to try to get that first home win of the season."


QPR's last six:

  • Birmingham City 0-0 QPR
  • QPR 1-1 Swansea City
  • QPR 1-3 Sunderland
  • Middlesbrough 0-2 QPR
  • Southampton 2-1 QPR
  • QPR 0-1 Ipswich Town

Sky Blues' last six:

  • Sky Blues 1-1 Huddersfield Town
  • Cardiff City 3-2 Sky Blues
  • Hull City 1-1 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 3-3 Watford
  • Sky Blues 0-0 Sunderland
  • Swansea City 1-1 Sky Blues


Historic head-to-head:

Sky Blues wins - 50
Draws - 31
QPR wins - 45


Match Officials:

Tom Nield will be the man in the middle of City's clash with Queens Park Rangers this weekend at Loftus Road.

Nield has been tasked with refereeing the fixture, his first Coventry match since the Club's 4-3 defeat against Wrexham back in January earlier this year.


The referee will be supported by assistant officials Alex James and Craig Taylor. His fourth official will be Darren Drysdale.


Ticket information:

Coventry City had a full allocation of 2,767 tickets for this fixture - these sold out earlier this month and we will not be receiving any further tickets.

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