QPR will be hopeful that they possess enough quality to put an end to their miserable run away from home.
The Hoops have now gone 13 games on the road without picking up a victory, with tomorrow’s trip to Bolton providing the next opportunity to end the torrid run.
But what can Ian Holloway’s men expect from the Trotters? We caught up with Marc Iles of The Bolton News to get the low-down on the opposition.
“It’s not been great; it’s been the second worst start to the season in the club’s history and we obviously hadn’t won until last weekend (against Sheffield Wednesday), so that was 12 games without a win, which had only ever been done once before in 1902.
“I won’t lie, it hasn’t been the easiest start. Performances have picked up in the last few weeks and in fairness to Phil Parkinson he’s managed to keep the spirit of the team together, there hasn’t been any worries of losing the dressing room, but the results have been concerning up until Saturday which hopefully will be the turning point.
“After going up last season, albeit in second place, it wasn’t going to be a breeze. The club has been under a transfer embargo for two years; we still haven’t signed a player for cash since January 2015, so we have to be realistic and realise the step up we were making.
"You hoped a bit of momentum would carry them through early on, which it nearly did but it’s been tough.
“The transfer embargo was then lifted and we were told to limit our squad to 23 professional players, so when the injuries hit it had an effect on things.
"It’s clearing up and looking better now but you wonder whether they’ve left themselves too much to do.
“The club have stayed upbeat, sometimes the fans don’t want to hear that when you’re losing games and everyone is saying ‘we’ll get there, we’ll get there’, it can be a bit frustrating and repetitive, but the performances have definitely improved.
“We brought in Karl Henry who has had a real stabilising influence in midfield, and since he came in performances have really picked up and things have looked a little bit brighter.
"Parkinson has done an excellent job of keeping the players behind him, they’re all playing for him and hopefully they’ve got time to put things right.”
“I have to say that Karl Henry has impressed me since he’s come in. I know he didn’t have a great finish to his QPR career, and didn’t play all that much last year but he’s the right type of player to come in and anchor that midfield. He’s given other players that licence to play and brings that experience and leadership. He’s maybe lacking a bit on the field but he’s been as influential as anyone.
“A local lad called Josh Vela came back last week and he’s very important to how the team play. He scored 10 goals last season from midfield, he’s very energetic and athletic and is very important for Bolton.
“They’re the main men at the moment, and if they play well then Bolton Wanderers play well.”
“Hopefully it’ll be the same as last weekend. It was one of the best games I’ve ever covered; an incredible amount of drama.
“Bolton will stick to what they’re doing. They are quite direct and I’d imagine there’ll be a physical element to the game.
“We’ve got players with good aerial presence, like Gary Madine and David Wheater who utilise the set pieces, so If I was Ian Holloway that’s something that he’d be looking at.
“Holloway once called Bolton ‘boring’ when he was in charge at Millwall. He said he wouldn’t want to pay to watch them every week so I can’t imagine he’ll get a magnificent welcome either.
Bolton are a better team with Josh Vela back, and certainly the football played last weekend was excellent so if it’s that kind of game it’ll be entertaining.
“I don’t have any conviction or reason for it, but I think it’ll be 2-1 to Bolton.”