Cardiff v Q.P.R. Match preview

Last updated : 02 October 2019 By Michael Morris

Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will be eyeing a return to the first team when the Bluebirds host QPR on Wednesday. Etheridge has not played since picking up a hamstring injury in the opening-day defeat to Wigan but has been an unused substitute in Cardiff's two most recent fixtures, with Alex Smithies keeping his place between the posts. 

Robert Glatzel made a goalscoring return to the starting XI in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Hull, having sat out the win against Middlesbrough through illness. The Bluebirds were dealt a blow last week when Isaac Vassell was ruled out for two months with a torn quad. 

QPR captain Grant Hall is available for selection. The centre-back missed the games against Millwall and West Brom through injury after he sustained a knock in training.

Manager Mark Warburton will be without suspended Yoann Barbet, however. The French defender was sent off during his side's 2-0 defeat to the Baggies on Saturday and is suspended for the trip to the Welsh capital.


Neil Warnock:

"The lads are really looking forward to this; we've improved over the past few weeks and have a couple of lads coming back from injury.

"They've got a mixture of experience and youth, with one or two of the best young players in the league. So, we know how difficult it's going to be on Wednesday night, but we've got some very good players who are in form as well. I think it promises to be a cracking game."

Mark Warburton

"We know what we face, it's another very, very tough encounter. We know that Cardiff will be very direct. They're very good at what they do. They have very talented players, they'll be direct, they'll get the ball in the box, they'll have set-pieces and they can play. Don't underestimate them, they can play."

Match Officials:

Assistants: Mark Russell and Timothy Wood
Fourth Official : Ollie Yates

Match facts:

  • Cardiff have picked up just one win in their past eight league matches against QPR (W1 D3 L4), winning 2-1 in August 2017.
  • QPR haven't lost consecutive away league visits to Cardiff since October 1980, with this their 14th game there since then.
  • Having lost two of their opening three league games this season, Cardiff are now unbeaten in their past six in the Championship (W2 D4).
  • QPR have won four of their past five away league games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 27 on the road (W4 D7 L16).
  • Only Brentford have had fewer different goalscorers (excluding own goals) in the Championship this season than QPR (4). Each of the Hoops' last four league goals have been scored by Nahki Wells.

Game is live on the Red Button on Sky Sports