Brentford are set to travel to Loftus Road to take on west London rivals QPR in the Carabao Cup second round.

But what can the Bees expect from Ian Holloway's men?

Overview of transfer business

QPR's business this summer has been shrewd to say the least.

They've made three senior signings - Josh Scowen from Barnley, Alex Baptiste from Middlesbrough and Kazenga Lua Lua on loan from Brighton. Without spending anything in transfer fees, the club have been smart in their recruitment, opting against the approach used previously of making wholesale changes.

Results so far

Reading 2-0, Northampton Town 1-0, Sheffield Wednesday 1-1, Norwich City 0-2, Hull City 2-1.

The Hoops have been something of a surprise package this season, having picked up seven points from four difficult Championship fixtures against Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich and Hull City. Ian Holloway's men will no doubt be brimming with confidence as they prepare to face the Bees.

Key player

Josh Scowen - The new signing from Barnsley has been outstanding since he arrived at the club. The former Barnsley man has been utilised in front of the defence and has shown a real ability to break up play and tee up the team's more creative players on the counter.


Ian Holloway has preferred to use a 3-5-2 formation this season, utilising wing-backs to gain width on the counter.

Team news

Ian Holloway is likely to make wholesale changes for the Carabao Cup clash. Having kept a consistent starting line-up in the league, it's likely he'll look to give his squad players a chance.

QPR will be without Jordan Cousins, Grant Hall and Joel Lynch for the clash, while Kazenga Lua Lua is likely to be left out following the passing of his father.

Predicted starting XI

Ingram, Furlong, Onuoha, Baptiste, Caulker, Robinson, Borysiuk, Manning, Ngbakoto, Smith, Sylla.