Preview: Queens Park Rangers Vs Preston North End

Queens Park Rangers host Preston North End on Saturday afternoon, looking to bolster their chances of avoiding the drop to League One.

The Hoops sit just three points off of the relegation zone going into the fixture, giving themselves a mountain to climb within their last three fixtures if they want to retain Championship status.

Preston currently sit in 10th place and all but out of the race for the playoffs after recent defeats against Norwich City and Southampton.

Martin Cifuentes’ side have accumulated 17 points within their last eight games, which has proven pivotal in their fight for survival.

Yet, the West Londoners have only managed to add one point to their tally from their last three outings.

Amongst tomorrow’s affair with Preston, QPR still have Leeds United to face at Loftus Road as well as an away trip to Coventry.

With two of these three games being at home there comes an obvious advantage, but QPR possess the second-worst home record in the division, posting 21 points from as many fixtures.

Adding to this, Cifuentes’ side have only managed to score six times in their last four games, something their visitors will have kept a focus on.

That being said, Ryan Lowe’s Preston have had struggles of their own to deal with recently.

Ryan Lowe’s Preston have been victorious in 18 of their 43 games this season, losing 19 of those and drawing nine (image by: Preston North End/ X)

In their games against Norwich and Southampton, they failed to score completely which has come at a costly time within their campaign, as they have been on course for a top-six finish for its majority.

The Canaries sit eight points above Preston in their desired position and they can still mathematically catch them.

However, to do so Lowe’s side would need to win all of their remaining fixtures and Norwich would have to lose all of theirs.

With these games being against high-flyers Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, completing this mission seems fairly impossible.

Particularly when Preston have only prevailed at least three times in a row on two occasions all season.

Full coverage of the fixture will be available through our live blog tomorrow from 5:15pm GMT and on our YouTube channel at 3:00pm GMT.