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Match Preview: QPR (A)

18 April 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: QPR (A)

18 April 2024

Preston North End will face Queens Park Rangers in the penultimate away match of the season this weekend in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 20th April, 5.15pm kick-off
Venue: MATRADE Loftus Road
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Away kit

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale online until 3pm on Friday, while sales will continue in person and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 5pm.

There won’t be the ability for fans to pay on the day, however pre-paid tickets can be collected from the Tickets For Collection Point on South Africa Road from 2pm.

Supporters are reminded that the club has a zero-tolerance policy towards behaviours such as abuse, discrimination, anti-social behaviour, pyrotechnics, and pitch encroachment, and each of these can result in serious sanctions.

Who’s Available?

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Ryan Lowe confirmed Ali McCann, Ben Whiteman and Brad Potts are all unlikely to feature before the end of the campaign.

There is more positive news as far as Liam Millar is concerned, though, with the Canadian back in training and expected to be in contention on Saturday.

Alan Browne and Ryan Ledson, who weren't quite ready to start during the week against Southampton, are in better shape ahead of the trip to Loftus Road and could come in to the side.

Opposition Focus


With three games remaining of the campaign, Queens Park Rangers still have work to do to retain their Sky Bet Championship status.

They sit three points above Huddersfield Town, who currently occupy 22nd, but the R’s head into the weekend winless in three matches, having been beaten by fellow relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday within that run.

If the Hoops can stay up, it’ll be considered a job well done by Spanish head coach Martí Cifuentes who took over in October with the side sat 23rd.

A Recent Clash

A Tom Cannon brace helped North End leave Loftus Road with a 2-0 victory on the last trip to Shepherd’s Bush.

Follow The Action

With this fixture being shown live on Sky Sports, the match will not be available to watch on iFollow in the majority of regions.

Live audio commentary is available as usual, though, with Guy Clarke and Paul Sparrow on the mic. Click here to subscribe.

Coverage can be followed across the club’s social media channels and here on the website.

Match Officials


Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant Referees:
Lee Venamore and Adam Crysell
Fourth Official:
Lee Swabey

Gavin Ward, who has shown 100 yellow cards and two reds in 26 matches this season, will referee this fixture.

Ward has taken charge of just one PNE match this campaign – the home victory over Plymouth Argyle – and North End’s last win on the road with him as the main official was the 3-2 win against AFC Bournemouth in December 2020.

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