Hughes arrived at the Lancashire outfit in 2004 and resurrected the team’s fortunes, helping Rovers to qualify for Europe before Manchester City came calling four years later. After a year at Fulham, the former Manchester United striker is now looking to keep QPR afloat in the Premier League.
A win over Wigan and a draw at Aston Villa helped Rangers build some momentum although last weekend’s 2-1 reverse against Wolves means that the west London side are looking over their shoulders and a defeat in this game could see them back in the bottom three.
Blackburn are slight favourites at 11/8 (bet365 £200 free bets) to win the match and bounce back from that horrendous 7-1 mauling at the Emirates Stadium which impacted badly on their goal difference.
The question is whether Steve Kean still commands respect in the dressing room following that sorry display, although the home side will welcome back Yakubu who can be backed at 5/1 (William Hill free bet) to return to scoring form by breaking the deadlock in this game.
As for QPR, they will be without the suspended Djibril Cisse and their last away win came in the middle of November when Neil Warnock’s side won 3-2 at Stoke. However, they were two goals to the good at Villa Park ten days ago before drawing the match and perhaps the away win is the value bet at 11/5 (Paddy Power) considering the weakness of the home side.