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QPR welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this Saturday, where they’ll be hoping to put two successive defeats behind them.
Mark Warburton’s side lost 2-0 to West Brom last Saturday, before travelling to Cardiff in the week where they suffered an even heavier defeat, losing 3-0 to Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds.
The R’s will be keen to get back on track against Rovers – Warburton’s men were on a four-game winning run before the West Brom loss – although Tony Mowbray has a few aces up his sleeve in the form of two danger-men who QPR must keep tabs on…
Arguably Rover’s most well-known player at present, Bradley Dack has made a name for himself as somewhat of a goalscoring midfielder, one who can also dictate the play in a No.10 role.
The 25-year-old has scored three goals in 10 Championship appearances so far this term, taking 2.5 shots per game while also making 1.3 key passes per game.
He seems to be on course to continue his fine form from last term, in which he hit 15 goals and recorded seven assists in 42 appearances.
Blackburn’s No.10 is a real danger-man in every sense, and Warburton should be making Dack a key talking point of his pre-match discussion.
When the 3-cap Germany international signed for Blackburn recently, a few eyebrows must’ve been raised given his pedigree in the game.
This was a player who was dubbed as something of a hot prospect having being named as his nation’s key player for the 2013 UEFA U21 European Championships by ESPN.
Now, however, the former Tottenham man finds himself at Ewood Park, impressing in his first three appearances for the club from the bench having played a grand total of 56 minutes.
The Evening Express report that the 29-year-old could be in line for his first start, and it would be well deserved.
In just 56 minutes of action, Holtby has completed four key passes and also taken four shots in games against Reading, Luton and Nottingham Forest, which serves to suggest he could cause trouble if started from the first whistle.