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Live on Sky Sports: Queens Park Rangers v Wolverhampton Wanderers

22 January 2016

Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers get the Football League action under way this weekend, with the Sky Sports cameras at Loftus Road on Saturday lunchtime.

Sky's coverage begins at midday, with kick-off 30 minutes later, and the fixture pits two sides against each other who are adapting to life without their most prolific goalscorers.

Out with the old

Despite a season interrupted by injury, Charlie Austin had netted 10 times for QPR in 2015/16, taking his club tally to 48 goals in 89 matches since his arrival from Burnley in 2013. However, the R's no longer have the marksman's services to rely on, after Premier League outfit Southampton snapped up the striker earlier this week.

Austin isn't the only Sky Bet Championship striker to move to the south coast this January, after Benik Afobe made the switch from Wolves to AFC Bournemouth. Afobe hit 32 goals in 2014/15 and added another 10 more this time around, before becoming the Cherries' record signing - and he hit his first goal for last season's Championship winners on his home debut last week.

In with the new

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wasted little time in replacing Charlie Austin, splashing out on Peterborough United's in-form Conor Washington. The 23-year-old began 2015/16 with two goals in 16 games, but he has hit 13 in his 15 appearances since.

BREAKING: #QPR can confirm the signing of striker Conor Washington:

— QPR FC (@QPRFC) January 19, 2016
A recent addition to the Wolves line-up has been Michal Zyro, who has impressed after signing from Legia Warsaw – although he misses out with a calf injury.

Zyro lined up on the left wing on his debut, but Kenny Jackett moved the 23-year-old into a striking role to fill Afobe's void, and it has paid dividends - the Pole has netted three goals in his last two games.


Hasselbaink had to wait until his eighth game as QPR boss, but the Dutchman finally has his first three-point haul under his belt.

Since taking charge at Loftus Road, the former Burton Albion boss has overseen five draws and two defeats, but a comprehensive 3-0 win at Rotherham United last time out brought that winless run to an end.

Wolves had picked up four successive wins to climb the Championship table recently, but that streak was halted at Molineux last Saturday when Kenny Jackett's men slipped to a 3-1 home defeat against Cardiff City.

QPR sit 15th in the standings after 27 matches, three points behind their opponents. However, due to a superior goal difference, the R's can leapfrog 10th-placed Wolves if they can triumph this weekend.

You can see how the match plays out by watching it live on Sky Sports, or alternatively you can follow our matchday Twitter feed - @SkyBetChamp.

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