Queens Park Rangers travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, hoping to end their six-game winless run in the Championship with victory over the Lancashire outfit. And given the poor form of the home side, manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink may well be confident of picking up his first league win in charge.
Since his arrival at Loftus Road in early December, the Londoners have picked up draws to the likes of Burnley (1-1), Brighton & Hove Albion (2-2), Bristol City (1-1) and Huddersfield Town (1-1), while losing to Ipswich Town (1-2) and Hull City (1-2). But with Blackburn coming off the back of even worse form, Rangers’ wait should come to an end.
QPR have only lost twice in their last eight so they have still been hard to beat even when the wins dried up. As for Blackburn Rovers, Paul Lambert’s men have lost three on the bounce in the league, while failing to score in their last four outings. As a result, QPR’s leaky backline my well shut Blackburn out this week.
Only Bolton Wanderers have won as few home games as Blackburn this season, which plays into Rangers’ hands, but the visitors have lacked goals on the road. The 11-day break the Hoops have been afforded will have been ideal to iron out problems on the training ground, so the Londoners should be in great shape to get a result.
Will Hasselbaink finally get his first league win as Queens Park Rangers manager?