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Magic of the FA Cup – Preview QPR v Watford. Beaten Finalists in 82 & 84 Meet in the 5th Round

Queens Park Rangers v Watford – FA Cup 5th Round

Match Summary

Fri 15 Feb 2019 FA Cup 5th Round
Venue: Loftus Road 19.45
Queens Park Rangers: The Championship (18)
Watford: The Premier League (8)

By: Marc Gingell

Queens Park Rangers won a replay 2-0 in the 4th round against League One
Portsmouth after being held 1-1 at Fratton Park. Goals in the 70th and 78th minutes, from
Nahki Wells Matt Smith, saw off a determined Portsmouth challenge.

Poor Form in 2019

On January 6th QPR beat high flying Leeds United 2-1 at Loftus Road but that’s their only league victory this year. They’ve played seven, won one, drawn one, and lost five which means Steve McClaren’s team has slipped down the table. In fact, there current form, based on their last five league games, means they’re rock bottom of the table with no points. Overall they are 11 points ahead of third from bottom Rotherham which should mean they’re safe from relegation.

Pattaya One. QPR boss Steve McClaren.

Beaten Finalist in 1982

In 1982 QPR, who finished fifth in the old Division One, made it to the FA Cup final where
they played Spurs who finished fourth in the First Division. At Wembley, there were no goals during normal time. Glen Hoddle put Spurs in front after 110 minutes but five minutes later defender Terry Fenwick made it 1-1.

Pattaya One. QPR Lineup to meet Princess Anne.

Five days later Glen Hoddle concerted a sixth minute penalty after Tony Currie had fouled Graham Roberts in the box. The score remained 1-0.

Pattaya One. QPR Captain for the day brings down Graham Roberts in the box and Glen Hoddle converted the penalty.

QPR Team News

Defender Joel Lynch missed the defeat at Bristol City with a back problem and will undergo
a late fitness test to assess his fitness. Definitely out are fullback Angel Rangel and
midfielder/ defender Geoff Cameron.

Pattaya One. QPR defender Joe Lynch could miss out.

Beaten Finalists 1984

Two years after QPR had their day at Wembley Graham Taylor lead his Watford team out to
face Everton managed by Howard Kendall. Everton won 2-0 thanks to goals from Graeme
Sharp and Andy Gray.

Pattaya One. Waford at Wembley in 1984.

Watford Team News

In the Premier League Watford are going well and looked nailed on for 8th place or better.
Spurs had to dig deep to beat them recently and Chelsea scrapped home 2-1 after an Eden
Hazard penalty. In line with most managers Watford’s Javi Gracia has rung the changes in
the previous rounds but, with the way the cup shaping up this season, he might fancy his chances and go with a strong team.

Prediction

Well, it’s the magic of the FA Cup again and QPR could leave their poor league form behind
them and make a strong effort to win this one.

QPR 2 Watford 2

 

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