While Mark Warburton saw his Queens Park Rangers side suffer their first defeat of the Championship season in mid-week, there are nevertheless a number of reasons for the 59-year-old Rs manager to be delighted with the way things are going at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this term.
Indeed, prior to the 2-1 loss against a highly impressive AFC Bournemouth side, QPR had picked up three wins and three draws in the league, including impressive away wins at both Middlesbrough and Hull City, scoring 15 goals in the process.
However, it is undeniable that, should Warburton wish to reinforce his team’s top-six credentials to the rest of the league, the visit of a 12th placed Bristol City side is a fixture his side must be winning.
So, will the 59-year-old make any changes to the team that started last time out against Bournemouth? Here’s how we think QPR could line up against the Robins, along with the latest team and injury news…
With both Charlie Austin and Moses Odubajo once again being available for selection after missing the loss against the Cherries, Warburton has plenty to consider ahead of Saturday’s fixture against Bristol City.
However, while we predict that the Rs boss will make two changes to his starting XI, neither Austin nor Odubajo come into the side.
Instead, after highly impressing in two substitute appearances at wing-back – earning a SofaScore match rating of 7.3 against Reading at left wing-back and a 7.4 match rating against Bournemouth at right wing-back – Albert Adomah comes into the side for the £540k-rated Osman Kakay, who has been extremely disappointing in the position so far this season, and particularly on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, rather than Austin coming in up top, Andre Gray could be set to start his first league fixture since joining QPR on a season-long loan from Watford, with the 30-year-old having already bagged his first goal for the Rs on his debut against Reading.
Elsewhere, Sam McCallum keeps his place at left wing-back after impressing in mid-week, while the midfield trio of Stefan Johansen, Dominic Ball and Ilias Chair remains unchanged.