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QPR: Mark Warburton wary of Reading’s attacking threat

QPR: Mark Warburton wary of Reading’s attacking threat

QPR manager Mark Warburton has said his team will need to be wary of the attacking threat that Reading could pose when they visit the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in the Championship tonight.

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Speaking to QPR.co.uk, Warburton name-checked several players in the Royals’ squad who carry a threat going forward and expects a tough challenge from a team under new management in Mark Bowen.

The QPR manager said: “I’m expecting a really tough challenge, especially when you consider Mark Bowen’s experience in the game.

“That’s unquestionable and if you look at their squad and the likes of [George] Puscas and Lucas Joao up top, [Ovie] Ejaria and John Swift, who has been excellent, they have threats.” [via QPR.co.uk]

Reading, who sit 20th in the Championship following their weekend win over Preston, have just 12 goals from as many league games this term – only four teams in the division have scored fewer. [via Sky Sports]

Swift, Puscas, Ejaria and Joao account for seven of those 12, with all except the latter scoring twice in the league, as has Yakou Meite, who has the best goals-per-game ratio in the Royals’ squad in 2019/20 with two in 587 Championship minutes (one goal per 293.5 minutes). [via TransferMarkt]

Bowen’s team recorded 12 shots in their 1-0 victory over Preston at the weekend, half of which were on target, as per WhoScored. That total was actually four fewer than the 16 shots they had at Bristol City earlier in the month, but only three of those were on target, as per WhoScored.

Although Reading’s attack has been among the less prolific in the Championship, QPR have the third worst goal concession record in the division. Despite being fifth in the table, they have shipped 21 goals in 12 matches (1.75 per game) – only the bottom two of Stoke and Barnsley have leaked more. [via Sky Sports]

Also, Reading have scored one goal in five of their last six league games, while Warburton’s men have not kept a single clean sheet in the Championship this term and have conceded two or more goals in their last four matches.

While Reading’s attack may not be as fearsome as Warburton has made out, QPR’s appalling defensive record suggests that any team in the Championship could look potent against them.

If the Royals maintain their 50% shots on target ratio from their weekend win over Preston, they seem quite likely to score against a team who are only three points off top spot despite conceding as often as they have scored this season.

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