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PREVIEW: QPR (H)

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Competitive football is back at The Breyer Group Stadium, as Orient host QPR in an all-London Carabao Cup clash.

Leyton Orient take on QPR in the first round of the Carabao Cup, where the O’s will be looking to cause an upset against Mark Warburton’s Championship side.

Kenny Jackett’s team come into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Salford. Right at the end of the match, Paul Smyth hobbled off and subsequently will be monitored ahead of tonight’s game, against his former club.

Elsewhere, defender Adam Thompson and striker Harry Smith are likely to miss out again as they continue to recover from respective injuries.

The R’s

Queens Park Rangers are widely tipped for a play-off push this season following an impressive second-half of last season, where Warburton’s side finished 9th in the Championship.

There is optimism amongst the fans of the West London side that they can build on last season’s good run of form, especially with the permanent signings of key players such as striker Charlie Austin and captain Stefan Johansen.

The R’s come into their seventh season in the Championship following relegation from the Premier League in 2015. After a few seasons flirting with relegation, the Hoops are now in a much stronger position to believe they can end their stay outside the top flight.

Former Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest manager Warburton is starting his third consecutive season in charge at the club after joining in May 2019, winning 36 of 99 games and will celebrate his 100th game in charge against Orient on Wednesday night. Warburton signed a new contract with the club last Thursday for an undisclosed length of time.

Like Orient, the Hoops enjoyed an unbeaten opening day of the season, as they drew 1-1 with Millwall at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Key Player

R’s talisman Charlie Austin returned to the club on loan in January from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion after five seasons away.

He spent three seasons at the club in his first spell, scoring 48 goals in 89 games, including 18 in the Premier League, earning him a move to Southampton.

On his return to the club, the 32-year-old scored 8 goals in 21 games to contribute to a successful second-half of the season for the R’s, before signing permanently this summer.

The Gaffer

Listen to Kenny Jackett’s post-match thoughts following Saturday’s draw against Salford.

The Officials

Ref: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Joseph Stokes and Nicholas Cooper

Fourth Official: Sam Purkiss

Hicks last officiated an Orient fixture back in December, when the O’s beat rivals Southend United 2-0. Four players were booked, including Lee Angol and Danny Johnson.

How to Watch

Tonight’s match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, and indeed around the world.

If you want to keep up to date with the action from The Breyer Group Stadium, Orient Audio Passes are available on the club website.