Leeds vs QPR PREVIEW: Former striker will be a big threat, believes Leeds boss

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Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen sees QPR pair Conor Washington and Matt Smith being the main threats when the sides meet on Saturday.

Smith dramatically left the Whites on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2014, and it’s safe to say that it was a move that angered several supporters.

Now 28, Smith currently partners Conor Washington up front for QPR after joining from fellow London club Fulham in January, and Thomas Christiansen believes both could cause a few issues for his side.

Whilst QPR manager Ian Holloway suggested that Leeds’ higher league position will have no bearing on the result.

The Whites will be without key personnel for their trip to London after it was confirmed that Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Stuart Dallas and Pablo Hernandez would all miss out.

Although Thomas Christiansen was hopeful of having the trio fit for action, he confirmed that Lasogga and Dallas would need 7-10 days before they’d be back in contention and although Hernandez was close to making the squad, the Spaniard will not be risked this weekend.

However, the Whites will be boosted by midfielder Eunan O’Kane’s return to the squad after overcoming a hip injury sustained in the 2-0 victory against Barnsley.

Observations of the opposition:

  • Smith and Washington have managed 9 goals between them so far, this season.
  • Jamie Mackie and Alex Baptiste will both miss the match after picking up red cards in their last game against Preston.
  • Their current goalkeeper, Alex Smithies, has been prone to a mistake against Leeds in the past during his stint at Huddersfield.

The sides last clashed at Elland Road when Leeds were held to a 0-0 draw by Ian Holloway’s side.

Loftus Road last hosted the Whites on the opening day of last season, and it’s fair to say that it was a day to forget for then boss Garry Monk.

A crushing 3-0 defeat got last year’s campaign off to the worst possible start, but Saturday’s encounter will, hopefully, be a more memorable trip for Leeds who have won just one of their last five visits to Loftus Road.

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