Preview: Queens Park Rangers v Scunthorpe United
Updated Friday, 20th August 2010
Team news and statistics ahead of Saturday's trip to Loftus Road.
It is time to find out exactly where Scunthorpe stand this season. Will we see the Iron side that went to Reading on the opening day and won, or the side that faded badly against Norwich and conceded a late winner. Queens Park Rangers have won both their opening games without conceding a goal and another success - in a match they will be favourites to win - would set them up as candidates for promotion.
Iron team news
Garry Thompson (groin) and David Mirfin (leg) miss out for Scunthorpe. Sam Togwell returns from a one-match suspension, while Josh Wright and MIchael O'Connor are both fine after knocks limited their involvement against Norwich last Saturday.
QPR team news
Midfielder Akos Buzsaky (thigh) is a doubt, while defender Fitz Hall (hamstring) should be fit to play.
Nickname: R's / Hoops
Manager: Neil Warnock
Stats and figures
It is still too early to read too much into the numbers, but Queens Park Rangers are one of only two Championship sides with a 100 per cent winning record. They opened the season with a 4-0 victory over Barnsley and followed that up with a 3-0 success at Sheffield United last week. The important statistic here is their two clean sheets - if they extend this to a third week they will fully expect all three points.
United had experienced defeat on all four of their trips to Loftus Road. That was until last season, when a goal from Garry Thompson sealed a 1-0 win to break the run. It was only the second Iron win in 11 meetings, with Rangers taking the points eight times.
Travel and ticketing
Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)
QPR 1/2 / Draw 3/1 / Scunthorpe 11/2 (Paddy Power)
Elsewhere in the Championship
Craig Bellamy will make his debut for Cardiff City against Doncaster Rovers, having been given the captaincy. Gary Speed's debut as Sheffield United manager will come on Sunday, when he takes the Blades to Middlesbrough. Edgar Davids will watch his new side Crystal Palace take on Ipswich Town, but the former Dutch international will not be part of the squad as he needs to build up his fitness.
Competitive English footballl on TV this weekend
Saturday: Coventry City v Derby County (Championship, 12.15pm, Sky Sports 3)
Wigan Athletic v Chelsea (Premier League, 5.15pm, Sky Sports 2)
Sunday: Newcastle United v Aston Villa (Premier League, 1.30pm, ESPN)
Middlesbrough v Sheffield United (Championship, 1.15pm, Sky Sports 1)
Fulham v Manchester United (Premier League, 4pm, Sky Sports 1)
Monday: Manchester City v Liverpool (Premier League, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1)