QPR striker Charlie Austin casts a huge shadow over the fixture, and the answer to whether or not he plays is likely to influence the way Charlton line up.
But, despite Austin’s reputed desire to leave the club, the striker looks likely to start against Charlton, with West Ham and Newcastle both steadfastly refusing to meet his £15million asking price.
During Tony Fernandes’ reign as QPR chairman, the club has always invested heavily in quick attacking players and this summer has been no different, with the signings of Massimo Luongo and Jay Emmanuel Thomas.
When added to names on the current roster such as Junior Hoilett and Matty Phillips, Chris Ramsay would do well to consider a quick, counter-attacking approach against Charlton’s cumbersome big boys.
Indeed, Guy Luzon’s side’s greatest strength seems to lie in their new-found physicality, with 6’7” striker Simon Makienok likely to give Nedum Onhoua a difficult afternoon at centreback.
Such is the technical ability of QPR’s midfield, boasting the likes of Alejandro Faurlin and Sandro, it’s unlikely that Charlton are going to out-football Chris Ramsay’s men. A long-ball approach, playing for free kicks and corners would be sensible for a side boasting the six-foot-plus likes of Alou Diarra and Naby Sarr.
Charlton: Pope; Solly, Diarra, Sarr, Fox; Gudmundsson, Ba, Jackson, Cousins; Watt, Makienok
QPR: Green; Furlong, Onuoha, Kpekawa, Hill; Phillips, Faurlin, Perch, Hoilett; Emmanuel-Thomas; Austin