Poya Asbaghi’s side are on a dire run of form, currently winless in their last 13 Championship fixtures, having also not picked up a single point in the league since December 17.
After Carlton Morris equalised for the Tykes against Luton Town last time out on Tuesday, Barnsley were unable to go on to fully turn that game around, with Elijah Adebayo’s second-half penalty sending the 24th-placed team to a 2-1 defeat.
A positive to take from that loss was that the visitors managed to find the back of the net through Morris, having not scored a goal in their previous four matches across all competitions.
If Asbaghi’s side are to avoid the drop this season, they are likely to have to rely on their home form, having collected 10 of their 14 points during this campaign at Oakwell.
Barnsley have not got the worst defensive record in the division, but scoring goals has been a major problem for the Tykes, who have only netted 18 times in 29 games.
QPR, on the other hand, have had no such issue in the final third, scoring 46 goals in their 29 outings, and they needed to be clinical in front of goal last time out to secure a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough.
Mark Warburton’s side would have perhaps come away from the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium disappointed that they did not take all three points on Wednesday evening, having taken the lead and been pegged back twice.
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The Hoops are unbeaten in their last seven Championship outings, form which will see them finish in the top six this season, but Warburton will not want his side to miss out on an automatic spot, with the team still in a strong position to climb into second place.
One of the key reasons QPR are having a successful season so far is that they have managed to translate good home form into collecting points on their travels also, suggesting that they will be confident on Saturday.
These two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in August, when Barnsley surrendered a 2-0 lead by allowing Ilias Chair and Charlie Austin to strike late on and rescue a point for the R’s.