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QPR are set for a difficult afternoon as they take on Championship leaders Cardiff City in the Welsh capital.

The Hoops come in good form in the league, but will be keen to avenge their one-sided 4-1 defeat against west London rivals Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

The Bluebirds have won four from four in the Championship so far this season, but also crashed out of the cup midweek after being beaten 2-1 by Burton Albion.

We’ll have all the action from the Cardiff City stadium live, so keep your browser open and we’ll do the rest as we bring you updates, analysis and opinions from the final game before the international break.

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Full time

Cardiff City 2 QPR 1

So close!

Neil Etheridge makes a fantastic late save to deny Yeni Ngbakoto!

Chance QPR!

Excellent build-up play as Wszolek loses his man and swings a cross in, which reaches Josh Scowen on the edge of the area. Unfortunately his effort goes over the bar.

Alex Smithies

Putting aside the defensive mix-up with Nedum Onuoha, Smithies has been outstanding.

Despite conceding two goals, the amount of saves he has made has beencrucial for the Hoops, who could easily have conceded three or four in the second half.

Final QPR sub

Steven Caulker replaced by Pawel Wszolek

QPR sub

Yeni Ngbakoto comes on in place of Conor Washington

QPR frustration

QPR are getting a little frustrated out there as Cardiff continue to dominate.

Idrissa Sylla has just been given a talking to for pushing a Cardiff player, and the shots continue to pepper Alex Smithies’ goal.

Idrissa Sylla

Ian Holloway will be hoping that Sylla can add a little bit more physical presence in the area.

Substition

Idrissa Sylla is coming on to replace Jamie Mackie

Pressure building

Cardiff are really pushing forward here.

Hoilett has had a couple of good chances, and at this stage it only looks like one team who are going to get the next goal.

CHANCE!

Mendez-Laing rattles the crossbar with an effort from a tight angle.

QPR need to weather the storm or it could be game over.

Goal disallowed!

Cardiff put the ball in the back of the net but the referee rules it out for a push.

QPR may have got away with one there...

Second half underway!

Can QPR get back into this?

First half analysis

I don’t think QPR can complain with the scoreline.

The defensive error for the first goal was frustrating, but the attacking three for Cardiff have been a cut above.

Kenneth Zahore and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing look a cut above, and look likely to make something happen every time they get on the ball.

QPR have had their moments, but against a strong Bluebirds’ defence, they need to utilise Matt Smith more and get the ball into the box.

Half time

Cardiff City 2 QPR 1

GOAL! Cardiff City 2 QPR 1 (Bamba)

Sol Bamba nods in at the far post to give the Bluebirds a lead on the stroke of half time.

CHANCE!

QPR go so close to taking the lead.

Jamie Mackie latches onto the lapse defending and curls an effort towards goal, only to clip the post on the way wide.

A strange occurance

We’re witnessing a strange situation where Ian Holloway is the calmer of the two bosses.

Neil Warnock is going mental over a foul that wasn’t given about five minutes ago...

CHANCE QPR

QPR looking to get back into this one.

A counter attack sees Jamie Mackie try and weave his way through the defence before Massimo Luongo has an effort cleared off the line.

The momentum is with the hosts

That goal has clearly buoyed the hosts who have got QPR under the cosh.

Kenneth Zahore slams home an effort from a corner but it’s ruled out for a foul.

GOAL! Cardiff City 1 QPR 1 (Hoilett)

A moment to forget for Nedum Onuoha.

His back pass to Alex Smithies is short, and as the keeper tries to clear the ball it’s closed down by Junior Hoilett who is simply hit by the ball before it rolls into the net.

CHANCE Cardiff

Junior Hoilett turns in the box and arrows a shot at goal but it’s easily saved by Alex Smithies.

Exactly what was needed

That goal epitomised exactly why QPR need a plan B.

Cardiff are a big, physical side and it’s already visible that Conor Washington and Jamie Mackie will get limited joy; but that’s why having an option like Matt Smith is vital.

GOAL! Cardiff City 0 QPR 1 (Smith)

Exactly what QPR needed.

Luke Freeman dinks a ball into the box from deep and Matt Smith does what he does best and rises above the keeper to head into an empty net.

Great goal.

A big, physical side

Mendez-Laing is a real threat. Not only is he rapid, but he’s exceptionally strong as he out-muscles defends on the attack.

The Bluebirds looking like a really physical team who are going to make this really difficult for the Hoops

Counter-attacking Cardiff

Cardiff looking to hit QPR on the counter as they fizz a ball out left to Junior Hoilett.

The winger is booed by the away fans before Darnell Furlong tackles well.

Formations

Cardiff City are playing as anticipated with a 4-3-3, while QPR appear to be doing the same.

Howeve I anticipate that Ollie will play around with that during the match

Kenneth Zohore

Having now seen Zohore in person, I can officially say that he’s an absolute unit.

Onuoha and Caulker have got a tough afternoon on their hands!

Kick Off- Cardiff City vs QPR

We’re underway at the Cardiff City Stadium!

Here come the team!

QPR wearing red and navy blue hoops today.

Great atmosphere inside the stadium.