QPR v Chelsea/West Bromwich Albion: will there be any respite for the beleaguered Rs?

After a grim festive double that saw Queens Park Rangers, like the United Kingdom at Eurovision, pick up “nil points”, reality is beginning to set in as tough clashes loom large in the New Year.

Deadly | Luis Suárez eases past Clint Hill at Loftus Road to score the opener. (Image | BBC)
Deadly | Luis Suárez eases past Clint Hill at Loftus Road to score the opener. (Image | BBC)

First up are Chelsea, beginning to come into form under Rafael Benítez, at Stamford Bridge before Rangers make their annual FA Cup exit – this time at the hands of West Bromwich Albion. Can a glimmer of hope be found amid the misery?

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Rangers handed brutal Boxing Day defeat by the Baggies

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt scored for the fourth time in five games against Queens Park Rangers to help the visitors to a 2-1 win at Loftus Road.

Hotshot | Winger Chris Brunt celebrates after firing West Bromwich Albion ahead. (Image | Sky Sports)
Hotshot | Winger Chris Brunt celebrates after firing West Bromwich Albion ahead. (Image | Sky Sports)

The 28-year-old was set free in acres of space by Marc-Antoine Fortuné and promptly fired past Robert Green into the bottom right hand corner to hand West Brom the lead after 29 minutes.

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QPR v West Bromwich Albion/Liverpool: will it be a happy Christmas for Rangers?

With the aptly-named “mini revival” having been abruptly ended by Newcastle United, is there to be any festive joy for Queens Park Rangers as they take on West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool in the final two games of 2012?

Revival | Queens Park Rangers must build on the 2-1 success against Fulham. (Image | The Times)
Boost | Stephane Mbia, Clint Hill and Nedum Onuoha celebrate after the victory over Fulham, but the next two home games are similarly crucial. (Image | The Times)

Or will it be a case of a Grinch-style punishment for the Rs after a year in which they have rarely impressed, occasionally delighted, but more often than not been very bad indeed?

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