When QPR recently made it six wins from seven games in all competitions, there was every expectation that they would prolong that form with Peterborough United and Barnsley featuring in their schedule.
However, having gone down 2-0 to Posh in the FA Cup fourth round, Mark Warburton has witnessed his team twice give up a lead at home to Middlesbrough and lose at bottom-of-the-table Tykes.
QPR remain in a relatively strong position given that they are still fourth and have a five-point lead over seventh, but several clubs behind them have far greater momentum.
While Warburton will not panic at this stage given the continuation of a favourable fixture list, he is aware that they must get back to winning ways as soon as possible if they want to hold an advantage over the chasing pack.
On the plus side, a four-match winning streak on the road is still fresh in their memory, and the extra desire which comes with a derby could motivate them to produce a much-improved performance on Tuesday.
From Millwall’s perspective, they are on the cusp of being out of the playoff race, but prevailing from this game would be the first step to gaining respect from the teams above them.
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After starting 2022 with four successive defeats in all competitions, Gary Rowett’s side have since posted two wins and a draw from their last four outings.
Their solitary defeat came at leaders Fulham, and Rowett will prefer to focus on the positives which have come from the home wins over West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City.
That said, the Lions have still only scored in two of their last six games, while you have to go back to the FA Cup tie with Crystal Palace on January 8 for the last time that they netted a first-half goal