QPR Preview - Home, Dec 29th
There's no better time for the Golden Boys to turn their abysmal home form around as Luigi Di Canio's revamped Queens Park Rangers arrive tomrrow afternoon.
Watford's final game of the year is a chance for the long-suffering Hornets fans to say goodbye to the year and get intoxicated happily on New Years Eve.
Di Canio's side are in dire straights near the foot of the league and after just one week out of the relegatiob zone, the Hoops are back in the mire.
January looks set to be a busy period for the new gaffer who has the backing of the rich Mittal Family, Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.
If reports are to be believed, Di Canio is chasing a treble swoop of Hornets players, believed to be Lloyd Doyley, Marlon King and Gavin Mahon. No prizes for guessing who'd be happily sent on their way - thanks Marlon! But if QPR can come up with sixty million asking price, hands raised all those who'd let him go...
Daryl Murhpy therefore looks set to be the man to bolster the Hoops attacking options in a 2million move from Sunderland ressies. Rowan Vine could also make his loan move permanant should Birmingham give Rangers permission.
Vine, like many other loanees has been a key figure in QPR's improved form of late. The Chelsea clan of Michael Mancienne, Ben Sahar and Scott Sinclair have impressed hugely but Sinclair's short-term spell at 'The Loft' finished recently whilst Sahar's spell was hampered by injury.
The men consequently charged with supplying the frontmen with the chances should be the veteran duo of Rowlands and Ainsworth. The former isn't actually that old, but the one-time Ire cap seems to have been around for yonks.
In the middle Akos Buszaky has been an inspired signing since joining the London outfit on loan. His move should become permanant in January, a fee of 50k should be enough to tempt Plymouth to part with their Magyar.
His partner in midfield crime is normally the suspended Mikele Leigertwood, consequently club captain and former Ram Adam Bolder should start althouthough returning hardnut Simon Walton is in with a shout of his first QPR appearance.
STOP PRESS Kieran Lee has today joined on-loan from Manchester United but cannot play until January 2nd.
Camp; Rehman, Malcolm, Mancienne, Barker; Rowlands, Bolder (c), Buszaky, Ainsworth; Vine and Nygaard.
Blackstock, Nardiello, Timoska, Walton and Moore.
Lee; Doyley, Jackson, DeMerit (c), Stewart; Smith, Francis, Williamson, McAnuff; King and Henderson.
Ainsworth, O'Toole, Ellington and Shittu.
Last time round
QPR 1-1 Watford
Stefan Moore's first goal in 18 months for the Hoops rescued John Gregory's side an undeserved point before they went down to ten men. Loanee Adam Johnson had previously given the 'Orns a second half lead.
Late on Nathan Ellington came close whilst Lee Camp and Damion Stewart cleared on the line.
Come on you 'Ornssss!