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Match Preview: QPR (A)

5 April 2023

Preston North End will begin their Easter weekend with a Good Friday trip to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers.

Match Information
Loftus Road
Friday 7th April, 3pm kick-off
EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 40/46)
Third kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information


Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale online from until 1pm on Thursday 6th April, while sales will continue until 4pm in person from the ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

There will be no option for supporters to pay on the day, while fans are able to collect pre-paid or duplicate tickets from the ‘Ticket for Collection Point’ which is located between the Main Box Office and the Superstore.

Coach travel is still available, priced at £28 per Ambassador and £30 per non-Ambassador.

How To Follow The Game

Supporters who aren’t making the journey will be able to watch the match live on iFollow PNE, with match passes available for £10.

There is also the option to listen to the game, with Jonathan Breeze on commentary duties, and audio match passes can be purchased by clicking here.

There will be plenty of coverage before, during, and after the match here on PNE.Com and also across our social media channels.

In The Dressing Room

It was confirmed on Wednesday that Ched Evans will be unavailable for an extended period of time, with the striker set to undergo surgery. Click here to find out more.

In more positive news, North End will be boosted by the return of defender Bambo Diaby, who missed the victory over Blackpool after being sent off against Middlesbrough.

Ali McCann is still a week away from rejoining training with the squad but is making good progress, while Emil Riis is the only other absentee.

A Look At Our Hosts


After a very promising start to the season under Michael Beale, it’s been a tricky period at Queens Park Rangers, with the Rs having won just twice in their last 23 Championship fixtures.

Much of that run came under the management of Neil Critchley, but former North End man Gareth Ainsworth is currently in the hotseat, looking to guide his side away from the threat of relegation.

They have been dealt several injury blows over the course of the campaign, but they’ll be hopeful they have enough to get back to picking up points in the end of season run-in to retain their Championship status.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 50
PNE wins: 19
Draws: 17
QPR wins: 14
Last PNE victory: PNE 2-1 QPR, 9th April 2022

One To Watch


The struggling Rs were boosted by the return from injury of Ilias Chair in last weekend’s defeat to Wigan Athletic, with the Moroccan international having been missing since the end of February.

Often their most creative spark, Gareth Ainsworth will be looking for the attacking midfielder to inject some energy and quality into the side who have struggled for goals in recent weeks.

Chair – who featured at the 2022 Qatar World Cup – has five goals and seven assists to his name so far this season, and that’s a tally he’ll be keen to add to between now and May.

Match Officials


Experienced EFL official Geoff Eltringham will be the man in the middle on Friday.

It will be the second occasion which he has refereed PNE so far this season, with the previous fixture being the Boxing Day defeat at home to Huddersfield Town.

In total this season, Eltringham has shown 77 yellow cards and four reds in 22 matches.

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