Championship Play-off Final 2014: Derby vs. QPR Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 24, 2014

DERBY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Craig Forsyth of Derby County battles with Jermaine Jenas of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers on February 10, 2014 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The 2014-15 Premier League line-up will be completed on Saturday afternoon as Derby County and Queens Park Rangers take to the Wembley stage in search of a return to the English top flight.

The two Championship playoff finalists each have prior experience playing in the first tier, but QPR will be far more familiar with what's on the line this weekend, having dropped down to the second rung just last term.

Both the Rams and the Hoops, who finished third and fourth in the regular season, respectively, boast line-ups worthy of making it back into the Premier League reckoning.

Read on for a preview of the final Championship fixture of the 2013-14 season, as well as all the essential viewing information. 


Date: Saturday, May 24

Time: 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK, subscription required), beINSports Play (U.S., subscription required)

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), beINSports (U.S.)


Team News

Derby County

EXETER, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  Steve McLaren (L) alongside Kevin Bond (R)  Assistant Coaches of Queens Park Rangers during the Pre Season Friendly match between Exeter City and Queens Park Rangers at St James' Park on July 11, 2013 in Exeter, England.  (Phot
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Steve McClaren has only one concern for Saturday's final, with midfielder Craig Bryson expected to make his return after missing the semi-final second leg against Brighton, according to FourFourTwo's Nick Moore.

Bryson has been struggling with a back injury, and shows just what a creative weapon the Rams will have back at their disposal if the playmaker is available:

The Scot couldn't return at a more pivotal time for his side, and although it's just one player, Bryson will be a big miss should he be deemed unfit.



For Harry Redknapp, the selection woes are somewhat higher in number. BBC Sport reports that Niko Kranjcar and Benoit Assou-Ekotto will each return to the QPR line-up after differing periods out of action.

HARLINGTON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Harry Redknapp, Manager of Queens Park Rangers talks to the media during a Queens Park Rangers press conference on May 22, 2014 in Harlington, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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However, it's too soon for Alejandro Faurlin to make his way into the squad, having only recently returned to training from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the second of his career.

The Argentine—out of contract this summer—has been offered a new contract at Loftus Road, per the QPR Chronicle, but is unsure of where his future lies, giving the west Londoners even greater cause to convince him to remain a Hoop:

Watching from the sidelines with Faurlin will be Matty Phillips and Jermaine Jenas, who have also been left frustrated by injury this season.


Form Guide 

With eight wins in their last 10 outings, it's hardly surprising that Derby County head to Wembley with the favourite tag placed upon them, drawing once and losing once in that space.

That form includes a 6-2 aggregate win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the playoff semis, in which the Rams showed they really are capable of top-flight quality when at their best.

That being said, this is the Championship playoff final, a fixture with a reputation for throwing all form out the window, and Redknapp will care little that his side have won just four of their last 10 games.

The only statistic that the veteran manager will pay attention to is that his team is one of the two lining up in the nation's capital on Saturday, having made their way past Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals.

Derby have scored 24 goals in their last 10 outings compared to the Hoops finding the back of the net just 15 times in the same amount of fixtures.

Defensively, however, the records are far closer, with QPR having kept one clean sheet in their last five fixtures, McCLaren's men having failed to register a shutout in a match since mid-April.

Derby's young guns have been creating plenty of headlines of late, with the likes of Will Hughes, George Thorne and Chelsea's on-loan attacker Patrick Bamford each sharing the plaudits.

However, on a stage such as this, the experience accrued by QPR's stars may be the telling factor between the two on Saturday. The return of the aforementioned Assou-Ekotto, on loan from Tottenham, adds yet another veteran name to the likes of Joey Barton, Richard Dunne, Junior Hoilett and others.

Many of those within the squad are players who have remained in the side since dropping down from the Premier League last season, and the spoils may go to the victor who shows the most steady hand in controlling their nerves.


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