OPPOSITION PREVIEW: QPR
Match Previews29th June
Saturday, 15th August 2015 - Loftus Road - 3pm kick-off
Saturday, 16th April 2016 - Cardiff City Stadium - 3pm kick-off
Cardiff City’s first away game of the 2015/16 season sees the Bluebirds travel to Loftus Road in West London to take on Queen’s Park Rangers. The R’s finished bottom of the Premier League last season which ensured an immediate return to the second tier after being promoted via the Play-Offs two seasons back. Boss Chris Ramsey has been tasked with an instant promotion push, whilst putting his stamp on the Rangers squad.
Last Time Out: Cardiff City 2-2 QPR - Saturday, 23rd April 2011, Championship
You have to go all the way back to 2011 for our last league game against QPR. A promotion six pointer in April of the 2010/11 season ended in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City Stadium. Two world class strikes, from Jay Bothroyd and Adel Taarabt respectively, opened the scoring. Craig Bellamy nudged Cardiff back in front but that man Taarabt equalised for a second time to rescue a point for a side that went on to win the league that season.
Previous Encounter: Cardiff City 1-0 QPR (aet) - Sunday, 25th May 2003, Division Two Play-Off Final
One of the most famous games in Cardiff’s recent history came against Queen's Park Rangers in 2003. The Division Two play-off final at the Millennium Stadium ended in joy for the Bluebirds as Andy Campbell’s extra-time strike secured promotion into the second tier.
Two former City players are among QPR’s ranks this season. Centre Back Steven Caulker made 38 appearances for City scoring five goals including the winner against former side Swansea City. New recruit Jay Emmanuel-Thomas signed for the R’s on a free from Bristol City. The flamboyant attacker made 14 appearances for Cardiff City whilst on loan from Arsenal in 2011.
Did you know? Former City player Trevor Sinclair was voted into QPR’s all-time XI in 2008.