By Peter Lynch

3rd Oct, 2023 | 6:10am

Leeds United handed ‘perfect match’ to ‘bounce back’ from Southampton loss as QPR ‘bad news’ emerges

Leeds United have been handed the “perfect match” to “bounce back” from their defeat to Southampton, according to Leeds Live journalist Joe Mewis.

The Whites lost 3-1 at fellow relegated club Southampton on Saturday (30 September), the club’s second league defeat of the season.

Up next for Daniel Farke’s men is a Championship meeting with struggling QPR at Elland Road on Wednesday (4 October).

“Leeds’ October slate kicks off with what looks – on paper, at least – to be the perfect match to get over Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Southampton,” Mewis wrote for Leeds Live.

“A midweek game and an instant opportunity to bounce back from a loss are always welcome in the Championship and QPR are currently living up to their bill of being one of the pre-season favourites for relegation, as they currently sit 22nd in the table.

“An injury to previously ever-present defender Morgan Fox is also bad news for Hoops boss Gareth Ainsworth, whose side are winless in their last four games.”

Perfect opportunity

Such a kind fixture to immediately bounce back from a defeat is a rarity in a competition as fierce as the Championship.

But Leeds have been handed exactly that, with QPR sitting in 22nd place after winning two, drawing two and losing five of their nine matches so far.

They have failed to get going this season, something that Leeds initially struggled with under Farke before going on a superb run.

That run was halted by Southampton at St Mary’s, with the hosts putting on a show from the very first whistle to stun the visiting team.

Leeds will be desperate to do that against QPR at Elland Road, with an exciting night under the lights in store for the Whites faithful if the hosts can get off to a quick start.

It is, however, the Championship, and anything can happen, so the home side must be switched on from the very start.

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