A preview of our meeting with RangersThe international weekend might be over, but there is still a continental feel to this weekend’s fixture at Queens Park Rangers – there’ll be a Dutchman leading the teams from each of the dugouts.
The opposite number for our gaffer Jaap Stam will be his ex-Netherlands teammate and former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who is approaching a year in charge of the West London outfit.
QPR entered the break with a first win in six games (against rivals Fulham) after a relatively barren patch which had included a 6-0 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle. In fact, they haven’t triumphed at home since the opening weekend of the season against anpther of Hasselbainks' former teams - Leeds.
As the season crosses into its second quarter, it’s another chance to keep up our challenge towards the top end of the division and put the pressure on those teams above.
Tickets for the fixture are now no longer on sale. There will be no tickets for sale on walk up to Loftus Road, fans are reminded not to travel without a ticket.
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Stephen Martin takes charge of this affair – the first time he has overseen either Reading or Rangers in the 2016/17 campaign. We had a selection of results when he oversaw our three games last year – a win at Bristol City, a home draw with Sheffield Wednesday and defeat in Brighton.
David Avent and Darren Blunden are the assistants, and Trevor Kettle won’t be on the whistle – he’ll be on duty as fourth official.
QPR are home favourites with EFL title sponsors Sky Bet at 11/8 - Reading are 21/10 to take the points and a draw is available for odds of 11/5.
John Swift scored the opener for England's Under-21s against Bosnia in midweek, and he is 15/2 to net the game's first goal at Loftus Road. Meanwhile George Evans, who netted in the 90th minute against Derby last time out, is 14/1 to hit the final goal of the match.
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