By Nick Ware

24th Sep, 2021 | 2:10pm

QPR Super Fan shares Charlie Austin prediction as striker prepares for Hawthorns return

This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming West Brom fixtures. Ahead of Friday’s game against QPR, we spoke to @HoopsDreams_QPR, a QPR fansite.

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Charlie Austin is set to make his return to The Hawthorns on Friday night as QPR make the trip to face West Brom in the Championship.

Austin, 32, spent two years on the books of West Brom after signing from Southampton in August 2019, scoring 11 goals in 45 appearances and helping them to promotion in 2020.

However, he fell out of favour in the West Midlands and secured a return to his old club QPR on loan in January 2021 before moving permanently during the summer.

Ahead of tonight’s game at The Hawthorns, pressed QPR fansite @HoopsDreams_QPR on the chances of the ex-Albion man starting after his two-goal salvo in the League Cup against Everton on Tuesday, and for their score prediction.

Is Charlie Austin likely to start?

I don’t think so. He played 90 minutes in the cup on Tuesday and was running on fumes by the end. It has been rare for him to play 90 minutes so to ask him to start again in such a short turnaround is perhaps asking too much. I think Warburton will start Lyndon Dykes up front alone with Chris Willock and Ilias Chair in behind him, because Dykes also offers an aerial presence coming back for those dreaded long throws. If Charlie is on the bench you should know he has appeared as a sub for QPR 11 times out of his 117 appearances and only scored once (back in his first stint at the club).

What is your Score prediction and what type of game will we see?

I cannot see West Brom losing. As good as we can be when we turn it on I think you will make it nine unbeaten. After back to back league defeats I would happily take a draw in this tough away match and then hopefully we can get back to winning ways against Birmingham City and Preston North End before the international break.

Sadly, I think you will beat us by the odd goal, probably 2-1. If our recent games are anything to go by we will have lots of possession, play some lovely football, have a few chances, then you’ll go 2-0 up. We’ll then throw the kitchen sink at you but fall short once again. That seems to be the QPR way at the moment.

In other West Brom news, Adrian Goldberg was furious with a ‘vile’ chant he heard from Albion fans about a rival club’s player on Saturday.

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