The clash between the only two Premier League sides yet to register a win this season should see both QPR and Reading craving for the first victory, but the hosts to appear to be closer to emerging triumphant.
Queens Park Rangers fans have yet to see the real results of the heavy summer recruitment, but nobody can deny the fact that Mark Hughes’ side now have more than enough quality to escape the relegation race. With players like Granero, Park, Bosingwa, Cesar, Hoilett and Bosingwa all doing well to quickly integrate into the squad, the Rangers have produced some very good showings in the opening exchange, but the combination of bad luck and difficult fixture list is responsible for the under-par results. Having also shown against Arsenal that their performances are at a very good level, QPR are expected to build on that showing and finally record a long-awaited win, against one of the weakest sides in the elite division.
Pression is they haven’t done enough to properly reinforce the squad during off-season. Their two high-profile signings, Danny Guthrie and Pavel Pogrebnyak, have been completely out of form at the start of the league campaign, so nobody was really surprised to see the Royals slip into the relegation zone. Following the lucky draw at home against Fulham, Reading looked to be heading for a morale-boosting victory over Arsenal in the Capitol One Cup, having gone 4-0 up against the Gunners’ second string side, but they ended up losing the game 7-5, thus suffering another major blow to their confidence. With the match against very good QPR side next, Reading look set for another disappointment.