Cardiff City v Q.P.R. Match preview

Last updated : 26 August 2017 By Michael Morris

Neil Warnock will bring his big guns back as Cardiff City look to extend their 100% record in the league this season and stay top of the Championship ahead of the international break.

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Cardiff are set to bring back first-team regulars for QPR's visit on Saturday.

The Sky Bet Championship leaders made 10 changes for the Carabao Cup defeat to Burton in midweek.

But Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock will restore his key players to the starting line-up, among them skipper Sean Morrison, Aron Gunnarsson, Kenneth Zohore and five-goal Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.


Summer signing Callum Paterson has joined training for the first time since knee surgery but is still several weeks away from action.

QPR will be without James Perch, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The versatile defender suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of the 2-1 win over Hull last weekend.

Boss Ian Holloway made 10 changes for the 4-1 midweek Carabao Cup defeat by Brentford so the likes of Alex Smithies, Jake Bidwell, Nedum Onuoha and Conor Washington will return.

Joel Lynch, Grant Hall and Jordan Cousins are still out injured.

Match facts

  • Neil Warnock is winless in four matches against his former side QPR (D3 L1), although only one of those games has arrived since he left the London club.
  • In 2016-17, QPR won both home and away against Cardiff for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
  • Cardiff have won their last five league games; they have not won six successive league games since December 2000 when they were in the fourth tier.
  • Ian Holloway has won just three of his 17 Championship games away from home in his second spell at QPR (D3 L11), losing six of the last seven.
  • Since his debut in February, Luke Freeman has provided more Championship assists (six) than any other QPR player.

Neil Warnock:

"We all realise how difficult of a game it is. They did ever so well up at Sheffield Wednesday and they’ve had a decent start, so it’s going to be tough. 

“They’ve got some good players. Some of the lads are still there from when I was there and they’ll get a good backing. It’ll be nice to see some old faces but we’re focussing on getting a good result ourselves."

Ian Holloway:

“We are going to need to be big and strong, and we’re going to have to battle. We have to look at what they do, and when they do it.

“They are a fantastic team and their two wide men are on fire, so we are going to have to deal with that.

“We will have to be better than we have been all season. Will we be able to do that against a team so high on confidence? I believe we can, yeah.

“It’s a big ask, but I can’t wait to take it on.”

Match officials:

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Tim Wood and Mark Jones
Fourth official: Keith Stroud.