Rotherham host QPR at New York Stadium in a blockbuster clash at the foot of the Championship table.
Victory could see Rotherham move to within two points of safety if Huddersfield lose elsewhere, whilst QPR will leapfrog the Millers with a win.
Rotherham have no fresh injury concerns after their defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
Tyler Blackett, Grant Hall, Cameron Humphreys (all hamstring), Shane Ferguson (hernia), Andre Green and Jamie Lindsay (both Achilles) remain absent.
QPR will be without Andre Dozzell after he was sent off during their defeat to Leicester last weekend.
Jake Clarke-Salter (groin), Steve Cook (knock) and Morgan Fox (knee) are ruled out.
When is Kick-Off?
Rotherham host QPR at New York Stadium in a 3pm GMT kick-off on Saturday 4 November, untelevised live in the UK.
- Rotherham are unbeaten in five of their last six meetings against QPR (W3, D2, L1).
- QPR have claimed seven points from three of their last six visits to Rotherham (W2, D1, L3).
- Rotherham have won each of their last two home matches against QPR by 3-1 results (W2), with five of their six goals scored after half-time.
- Three of Rotherham’s last four goals at home have been scored after half-time.
- QPR have claimed just one point in their last four away matches (D1, L3).
Rotherham’s inconsistency continued last weekend with a disappointing defeat at rock-bottom Sheffield Wednesday, so it is imperative that they bounce back here against another bottom-three club with tidier defending and a clinical attack if want to avoid getting cut adrift of safety early.
QPR meanwhile should be up for this match following Gareth Ainsworth’s departure and the appointment of Marti Cifuentes, but his first task has to be to shore up their leaky defence because they are capable in midfield and attack but just have been poor at the back with too many conceded goals.
Cifuentes’ previous teams have tended to play a possession-based game with strong pressing and solid positioning to convert defending into attacks, so it will be interesting to see how quickly QPR adapt given their attacking quality amidst sloppy defending lately.
Rotherham therefore might look to counter-attack if can soak up QPR’s attacking press and quickly turn interceptions into attack, but a score draw might look the best outcome here given that neither team can afford to lose.
Prediction: Rotherham 1-1 QPR
Result: Rotherham 1-1 QPR