AFC Bournemouth and QPR fight to stay undefeated

Vitality Stadium 2

Under the lights of the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth will host fellow high-flyers Queens Park Rangers as both clubs look to continue their undefeated starts.

With an identical record of three wins and three draws, either side will be looking to take this opportunity to gain an advantage on the other.

Both sides have enjoyed their fair share of goals having scored 25 between them in the first six games, placing more significance on the capabilities of the defences.

The Cherries come into the game after an impressive display versus last year’s play-off contenders Barnsley, having kept a clean sheet and failed to concede a shot on target. The travelling defence however will be feeling more vulnerable after their 3-3 draw away to Reading in their last outing.

Following Reading’s final goal for John Swift’s hat-trick in the 77th minute, QPR were able to claw back two goals to rescue a point thanks to Andre Gray and an added time equaliser from Stefan Johansen.

Although the Hoops can be praised for their determination, there will be defensive concerns for manager Mark Warburton as his side have now conceded seven in their last four league games.

Similarly, to Reading away, Warburton’s men found themselves down by a two-goal margin at home to Barnsley in game-week four but relied on their ability to score goals to rescue a point.

QPR have remained without a loss as a result of showing their ability to be clinical in front of goal.

The Hoops are leading the goal scoring charts as they sit on 14, yet they do not have a player amongst the top five scorers. This can only work as an advantage for Warburton as they have numerous avenues to explore and use in the attack, having had eight different goal scorers so far.

QPR are clearly a team that pose a threat in front of goal, no matter the situation they are in, meaning they also sit top of the table in points gained from losing positions. Something Bournemouth will have to be wary of considering their loss of a two-goal margin in their draw at home to Blackpool at the end of August.

After a busy transfer window that saw seven new players introduced to Scott Parker’s squad, the Cherries look now set to continue their strive for promotion.

Bournemouth’s first game following the end of the summer window resulted in a very dominant display in a 3-0 victory at home to Barnsley.

With the squad bolstered to a point where Parker can be very pleased, the new coach now has an arsenal of attacking and defensive depth available to perform at the required level.

The start of the season saw Parker’s options stretched thanks to injuries and departures, which has resulted in the emergence of some of the club’s standout youngsters. Academy graduate Jordan Zemura being one with his confident displays at left-back, including two goals versus Barnsley.

With the addition of Premier League veteran Gary Cahill, Parker now has a strong mix of talented youngsters and much needed experience to take on the Championship. Cahill’s debut on Saturday showed how his wealth of experience and leadership will see the young squad reap the benefits of his presence.

Now with a nearly fully fit squad and the new additions, Parker’s side will be considered one of the favourites to achieve promotion at the least.

This evening promises to be a fantastic spectacle, with both sides on form in front of goal and determined to stay unbeaten after seven games.