Typical! Cisse collects a red and rules himself out of a six pointer to end all six pointers, and meanwhile Yakubu has served his time and returns rested and hungry for the loser takes nothing showdown with QPR.
Anything less than 3 points would represent disaster for Rovers and would surely drive a nail into their relegation coffin, but QPR may well fall foul of playing for a draw. An away point, maintaining a three point buffer over Blackburn, may be seen as a reasonable result, whilst terror of losing may encourage a safety first approach by Hughes and his charges.
There's talk of using Taraabt in a more advanced role, but there has to be a question mark over both the guy's ability to perform at this level and his commitment. When the going gets tough, Taraabt may well go missing.
Meanwhile, QPR remain vulnerable at the back and the clever money will be on Rovers to net a couple. The big question, therefore, is whether Rangers can reply in kind? A repeat of the 2-1 defeat to Wolves would spell disaster for the Hoops but, if pressed, that would be my prediction.