Hull City vs Queens Park Rangers Preview: City Looking to forget Boxing Day Blues in the capital


William Young / @williamyoung95

City set off to Loftus Road on Sunday to face Queens Park Rangers in the last fixture of what has been a rollercoaster of a decade on and off the field at City, with the Tigers hoping to bounce back from a dismal display at the KCOM on Boxing Day against Nottingham Forest.

Last Time vs QPR

Eberechi Eze ran City’s defence ragged and scored two penalties as the Hoops left the KCOM with all three points in a 3-2 win. City had taken the lead through Bowen, but QPR equalised right before half time and going into the final moments of the match City gave away two poor penalties to let QPR go into a 3-1 lead, before Magennis halved the deficit in injury time, though it was too late.

Recent form

After a very positive start to their season, QPR have gone off the boil in recent months – picking up only two wins in their last ten matches, which had seen them going from a playoff position to 14th, just one point behind the Tigers. Due to the positions of the two sides, we should be seeing a somewhat tense and even matchup between the teams. Of course, with City playing another side in relatively poor form, could we see yet another “Typical City” performance in the capital?

Hull City Last 10: WLDWLWLDWL (14 points)

QPR Last 10: LDLLDWWLDL (9 points)

Team News

With Callum Elder and Keane Lewis-Potter suffering on Boxing Day, City will have a long injury list on their hands, with Kevin Stewart, Jon Toral and Norbert Balogh also out. Josh Magennis had hoped to be back fit for this fixture, but comments from manager Grant McCann suggest he is looking at a return in the New Year’s Day fixture against Sheffield Wednesday instead. With Elder likely missing, a return to the starting XI for Stephen Kingsley is expected.

QPR will be missing Charlie Owens with a knee injury and Yoann Barbet with his hamstring, and Angel Rangel is also a doubt for the game.

Predicted Line Ups

Hull City: George Long, Eric Lichaj, Reece Burke, Jordy De Wijs, Stephen Kingsley, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, Jackson Irvine, Jarrod Bowen, Josh Bowler, Tom Eaves, Kamil Grosicki

Queens Park Rangers: Joe Lumley, Todd Kane, Grant Hall, Toni Leistner, Ryan Manning, Luke Amos, Geoff Cameron, Marc Pugh, Eberechi Eze, Nahki Wells, Jordan Hugill