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Queens Park Rangers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 9th March 2021, k.o. 7pm GMT
The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
A sixth midweek fixture in successive weeks takes Wycombe to West London and a first visit to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (formerly Loftus Road) for the first time since 2003, in a rearranged game that was due to take place in January before a Covid-19 outbreak in the Wanderers squad prompted a postponement.
QPR were just two points above the drop at that stage, and six above Wycombe, having won just one of their last 12 league fixtures, but the signing of Charlie Austin acted as a catalyst for a run of seven wins in their last 11, propelling them 11 points above the drop zone and potentially into the top half if they're successful tonight.
Gareth Ainsworth - returning to the ground where he enjoyed many happy memories as a player - remains defiant that the tide can turn for his team, who hoped to build on superb recent victories over Huddersfield and Reading but came up against former Premier League sides Norwich, Watford and Stoke in their last three outings, succumbing to defeat against each.
Anis Mehmeti was the man to rescue a point for the Blues when they met QPR in December; a game the men from Bucks arguably should have won, but came unstuck to a first-half own goal and contentious non-award of a penalty as they cranked up the pressure, and now the Chairboys have no room or time for hard luck stories as they embark on a sequence of five out of six matches against sides currently in the bottom half.
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Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from the 1-1 draw between the sides at Adams Park:
There are no new injury or suspension concerns for the Blues, with Jordan Obita close to a return. Ryan Allsop is fit again.
QPR expect to welcome back Geoff Cameron after injury, but Jordy de Wijs could keep his place after an impressive debut in the weekend win at Bristol City.
Wanderers will be in their mango change strip.
Man in the Middle
Simon Hooper has shown 43 yellow cards and no reds in his 18 games so far this season. He's overseen nine Wanderers fixtures in his career, most recently a 2-1 loss at Oxford in March 2019, and also the League 2 play-off final in 2015.
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