Match: Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United
Date: 6 January 2019
Time: 14.00 BST, 9.00 AM EDT, 11.00 ART
Venue: Loftus Road, London, England
Television: Viasport 2 in Norway, EuroSport Nordic in Sweden, beIN Sports 3 in France
Streaming: LUTV for certain areas, ESPN+ in the United States, beIN Sports Connect in France, Viaplay in Norway, Finland, & Denmark, SL2G in Nigeria & most of Africa, EuroSport player in Sweden, and Sportsnet Now in Canada.
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All-time Record: Leeds v QPR: 23W 16D 18L
Championship Result: 8 December 2018: Leeds 2-1 QPR
Leeds United will face off against Queens Park Rangers for only the third time in the history of the FA Cup, with Leeds last visiting Loftus Road in 1932 and QPR last making the journey north to Yorkshire in 1987. Both teams won their home matches, so if history is any judge, Leeds will travel back north out of the competition.
Both Leeds and QPR went out last season in the Third Round of the FA Cup, with Leeds falling away to Newport County while QPR lost at home to MK Dons. Both clubs will be resting key players, and both clubs would perhaps rather focus on their campaign in the Championship, with Leeds top of the league, despite losing two straight matches for the first time all season, while QPR are undefeated in their last five matches, with two straight draws. QPR sit in 9th place with 39 points, level with 7th placed Nottingham Forest and 8th placed Birmingham City and are only four points back from 6th placed Derby County for the final playoff spot.
So Marcelo Bielsa tells us that the Leeds team v QPR will be: Peacock-Farrell, Shackleton, Ayling, Halme, Davis, Forshaw, Baker, Roberts, Clarke, Alioski, Harrison. #lufc— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) January 4, 2019
Marcelo Bielsa named his starting XI for Sunday’s match in his press conference yesterday, and will give a chance to a number of fringe players, with Leif Davis, Jamie Shackleton, Aapo Halme, Lewis Baker, and Tyler Roberts all getting a chance to impress. We’ve seen all of them during various parts of the season, and so while you won’t need a team list to identify the players, it will give a needed rest to some of the regular first team.
QPR will be joyful that Kemar Roofe won’t start, as he torched them last year at Loftus Road with a hat-trick, and scored earlier this season at Elland Road. Perhaps Jack Harrison or Tyler Roberts will bring the goals this time.
And if this match goes sideways? Whatever, the “Magic of the Cup” can be discovered by a team not looking for promotion. And what magic anyway, the opportunity to get creamed by a Premier League team in the fifth round? Whatever, Derby next Friday is the match to worry about, not tomorrow’s match in West London.