When QPR came from behind to claim a dramatic win against Derby County on November 27, Mark Warburton’s team looked ready to challenge for automatic promotion.
However, after several postponed fixtures and back-to-back defeats, QPR are now down in seventh spot and in desperate need to return to winning ways as soon as possible.
Even though the Hoops possess two games in hand on many of the teams above them, suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Monday came as a blow, Warburton’s team missing the chance to make significant ground on the new Championship leaders.
QPR have also gone two successive matches without finding the back of the net, their misfiring in the final third occurring having previously scored in 31 second-tier fixtures in a row.
Trips to Bristol City and Birmingham City may help ease the demands of an expectant home crowd, but QPR need to be in better shape when they play host to promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion on January 15.
Bristol City have got some much-needed victories on the board of late, an eight-point return from five games easing the pressure on Nigel Pearson.
However, an unforeseen capitulation against Huddersfield Town last time out hurt the Robins, who conceded three goals either side of half time to lose to the Terriers.
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That result ended a four-game undefeated streak at Ashton Gate, and Pearson will be concerned that five goals have been conceded during their last two outings.
Andreas Weimann netted a double during the most recent contest, ending a five-match streak without a goal to move to nine strikes for the campaign.
Bristol City had been scheduled to face Luton Town on Boxing Day, only for that game to be postponed due to coronavirus cases in their opponents’ squad