3-5-2 formation, 6 ft 2 man dropped: The QPR XI Warburton should pick vs Middlesbrough - opinion

QPR have a good chance to get back to winning ways following a run of three games where they have failed to pick up three points.

Despite the recent failures, Mark Warburton is aware that the players need to maintain their belief, and as a result it is unlikely that he will make too many changes despite a poor performance last time out.

His team were not as effective going forward as usual against Leeds, achieving one shot on target, but against a Middlesbrough side which occupies a relegation spot they could have more luck.

The R’s boss still seems to be in doubt about which formation suits his team the best, reverting back to a 3-5-2 at Elland Road, and he should stick with that moving forward.

On the six occasions he has started with the formation his side have won four times, with the only two defeats coming against high-flying Leeds and West Brom.

Considering that, here is how QPR should line-up against Jonathan Woodgate’s team.

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Warburton will be keen for defensive improvement, and if Toni Leistner passes a late fitness test it is important he starts, as familiarity amongst the backline is important in building understanding and with it, consistency.

The centre-back also put in an impressive display against Millwall a few weeks ago and that should allow Lee Wallace to bed in, having also done well on occasion last weekend.

As this is a game QPR will look to dominate with their usual possession style, it would benefit the team if Todd Kane played.

He is more athletic than the 6 foot 2 Angel Rangel and thus better suited to the wing-back role, particuarly as he will likely be coming up against George Friend and Ashley Fletcher.

The attack should remain the same as they have been key this season, with the front three of Eberechi Eze, Jordan Hugill and Nahki Wells hitting a combined 21 goals this campaign.

That means they should be able to unlock the opposition, and with bit more discipline at the back QPR should see the game out, and hopefully achieve their first clean sheet of 2019/20 in the process.

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