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Having impressed in the second tier of late, QPR boss Mark Warburton would have been confident of showcasing that form against Peterborough United in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
However, despite having their chances against Posh, QPR went down by a 2-0 scoreline, a desperately disappointing scoreline when also taking into consideration that they have also missed out on a home tie with Manchester City.
After making minimal alterations for that fixture, Warburton must decide how to move forward, although competition for places has been improved with the recent additions of Dion Sanderson and Jeff Hendrick.
As it stands, the Hoops hold a six-point advantage over their upcoming opponents, but with momentum everything in this division, a defeat could have long-standing consequences.
On a positive note, QPR possess the fifth-best home record in the division, with seven points being collected from a possible nine since the middle of January.
QPR goalkeeper David Marshall may keep his spot between the sticks for this game with Seny Dieng having only just returned from the Africa Cup of Nations.
However, Yoann Barbet will likely return in place of Sanderson, while Newcastle United loanee Hendrick could be handed his first start.
Chris Willock may come back into the starting lineup, potentially replacing Austin in the front three.
Having played on Friday, Boro boss Wilder may be prepared to stick with many of the players which starred against Man United.
Duncan Watmore is pushing for a recall in place of Folarin Balogun, but that may prove to be the only alteration.
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Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Dieng; Dickie, Dunne, Barbet; Odubajo, Hendrick, Johansen, Wallace; Willock, Chair; Dykes
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Lumley; Dijksteel, Fry, McNair; Jones, Crooks, Howson, Taylor; Tavernier; Sporar, Watmore