Meet the opposition | Queens Park Rangers

19th April 2021
First team
Queens Park Rangers

As Swansea City prepare to take on Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium, we take a closer look at the form and history of the Rs.

What’s their story?

QPR’s best league finish was second in the old First Division in 1976, when they missed out on the title to Liverpool by a solitary point, having claimed their only major silverware when winning the League Cup in 1967.

The Hoops suffered relegation from the Premier League in 1995-96 and have had two short stints in the top-flight since.

Their most recent Premier League stint came in 2014-15, but poor form saw them drop straight back into the second tier after finishing bottom of the league.

How’s their form?

Tom Carroll

Their recent form has been up and down, with three of their last five wins at the time of writing followed immediately by a defeat.

They have found wins hard to come by on their travels, winning just six times away from the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, while the Rs have yet to win at the Liberty Stadium in eight visits.

However, they did win their last away fixture at Middlesbrough at the weekend.

Who’s the boss?

Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton. The former currency trader worked for the likes of Bank of America, IBJ, AIG, the Royal Bank of Scotland before electing to pursue his passion for football and coaching.

He got his first big break with Watford, becoming academy manager, and not long after he joined Brentford in February 2011 and went on to become first-team boss.

He led the Bees to the Championship before departing and going on to have spells with Glasgow Rangers, Nottingham Forest and now QPR.

Who's the captain?

Geoff Cameron

Geoff Cameron. The 35-year-old United States international is an accomplished and experienced figure and brings real leadership to a predominantly young squad.

Having started his career in his homeland, Cameron made the move to English football with Stoke City in 2012 and went on to become an important figure for the Potters over a seven-year period, impressing with his versatility.

He had a spell on loan at QPR during the 2018-19 season, and that was made permanent at the start of last term.

Who are the key men?

Ilias Chair

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen has impressed since joining on loan in January, with the Norwegian chipping in with important goals in wins over Bournemouth, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.

Ilias Chair possesses the guile to unlock defences, while Scotland international Lyndon Dykes has hit form in front of goal with four goals in his last four games.

Goalkeeper Seny Dieng, meanwhile, is being linked with a host of Premier League clubs but will miss this game through suspension.