Barnsley vs QPR by Luke
Barnsley showed last weekend that they wanted the victory more than players of Derby and deservedly celebrated 2:0 victory in front of own fans. They have recovered after a poor start and defeats on the road to Ipswich in the first round, but also in Capital One Cup when they were excluded at home against Northampton. Goals came at the start of each halftime and having that in mind, it was really hard for visiting side to respond properly.
Hosts took the lead in 11th minute via an own goal and even though Derby looked like equalizing and have controled the ball, they completely turned the things into their favor with the second goal in 47th minute via Mawson. Derby only had meaningless possession and couldn't convert anything in more proper threatening. Their victory is surely now encouraging thing for them, as their manager said that such victory against strong opponent surely gives confidence to his players.
Home side should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Watkins and Bradshaw as strikers. Their top goalscorer from the previous season Sam Winnall (1/0) is out for few weeks with hamstring injury. Newly signed Sessi D'Almeida made his debut and could be pushing for a start here, but Barnsley can easily start here unchanged.
QPR, on the other side, managed to get a 2:0 victory away from home against Cardiff last weekend, even though the game itself wasn't that interesting and didn't have many offensive phases, at least not till the last quater of it. Visitors from London didn't look that well in quite an equal game, however QPR became more threatening as the time progressed and managed to get three pointer thanks to goals in last fifteen minutes, in 76th via Caulker and sealed the victory with a goal from penalty kick taken by Chery in 85th minute.
On the other hand, players from Cardiff were limited to only one real shot on target during all ninety minutes. Two victories at the start of the season and no goal conceded yet have surely brought excitement to all of their fans, but also have improved morale of their players. Their manager Hasselbaink gave credit to his players, but also at the same time kept low profile, stressing that he expects much more from his players afterwards.
Visitors from London are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Polter as striker and Cousins, Chery and Khayati as his first offensive help. Defender Joel Lynch who picked up an injury last Wednesday is out sidelined. Midfielders Ben Gladwin and Ariel Borysiuk are both out due ankle problems, while left back/midfielder Jack Robinson and forward Jamie Mackie are long term absentees. They have no real reason for any change now.
- QPR have won their last 6 matches against Barnsley.
Having secured great victory over Derby last weekend, newly promoted Barnsley will surely try to get another one and will be playing offensively from the start. QPR are having great start for now and will surely be aiming to get another victory and continue being first at the table. I expect an open game from a bit more relaxed home team and surely attacking quality visitors. Both teams to score is my first option.