What are the likely line-ups? Who are the key men? QPR v Preston - All you need to know

Preston will be looking to keep their slim play-off hopes alive at QPR on Saturday.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 13th April 2018, 9:42 pm
Updated Friday, 13th April 2018, 9:46 pm
Tom Barkhuizen battles with Jake Bidwell in the meeting between the sides at Deepdale earlier in the season.
Tom Barkhuizen battles with Jake Bidwell in the meeting between the sides at Deepdale earlier in the season.

From likely line-ups to key men and the referee, find all you need to know about Saturday's Championship clash below.

Likely line-ups

QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Baptiste, Robinson, Bidwell, Cousins, Scowen, Freeman, Smyth, Sylla, Osayi-Samuel.

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Alex Neil and Ian Holloway exchange views.

PNE: Rudd, Clarke, Huntington, Davies, Cunningham, Pearson, Gallagher, Bodin, Browne, Barkhuizen, Maguire.

Key Men

Paul Smyth - Signed from Linfield last summer, the Northern Ireland Under-21s international been a handful for most defences since making his debut in January. Took his goal well on Tuesday as QPR were 4-2 winners over Sheffield Wednesday.

Billy Bodin - The winger has been in and out since his January arrival at Deepdale but has been in fine form since his return to the starting line-up against Reading and Leeds. Playing from the right, only thing both performances have lacked has been a goal.

Alex Neil and Ian Holloway exchange views.

In the opposing dugout

Ian Holloway - Queens Park Rangers are one of seven clubs which the 55-year-old has managed. This is his second time in charge at Loftus Road – he returned in November 2016. Holloway had previously managed QPR between 2001 and 2006, guiding them to promotion from League One in 2004. Holloway has also managed Bristol Rovers, Plymouth, Leicester, Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Millwall. As a player, he turned out more than 150 times for QPR, part of a career which saw him serve five clubs.

The referee

Robert Jones - The Merseyside official will referee Preston’s clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road tomorrow. Mr Jones was the man in the middle for the 1-1 draw with Wolves in February when he sent off John Welsh for two bookings. He also refereed North End’s 1-1 draw against Rotherham on the penultimate weekend of last season. In his 40 games this season, he has shown eight red cards and 113 yellow. His last game was Bolton’s defeat to Millwall on Tuesday.

This week in PNE history

61 years ago: Preston won 2-0 against Manchester City at Maine Road on April 13, 1957. Dennis Hatsell scored both goals.

56 years ago: Alfie Biggs netted a hat-trick as North End beat Brighton 3-1 at Deepdale on April 14, 1962. Biggs, signed from Bristol Rovers, finished that season with 22 goals.

37 years ago: On April 14, 1981, Preston beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Deepdale. Steve Elliott and Graham Houston got the goals.

27 years ago: Warren Joyce netted for North End in a 1-1 draw at Cambridge on April 13, 1991.

19 years ago: PNE drew 2-2 with Wigan Athletic at Springfield Park on April 14, 1999. Colin Murdock and David Eyres found the net.