Queen’s Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton expects a tough game against promotion favourites Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.

The R’s form has dipped in recent weeks, a 3-1 defeat to local rivals Brentford last weekend was a low point following a 2-2 draw with Reading the week before.

In the last fixture between the two promotion hopefuls, QPR beat Leeds 1-0 with a Luke Freeman goal making the difference between the two sides.

Despite the positive result earlier in the year, QPR go into the game out of form and Warburton is aware that a Leeds victory is what is expected.

“I’m expecting a high-energy performance in front of a packed Elland Road, which is a fantastic football stadium,” Warburton said.

“Leeds will be keen to deliver a performance in front of their own supporters.

“We go there as apparent underdogs, but we have gone to the tough places this year and have shown that we can win games of football; we’ve shown we can control games of football.

“We prepare well for it and we go there with absolute respect for our opposition. They’re a very tough opponent with a very good squad but it’s about us going there and being confident in what we do.”

QPR lacked a potency in front of goal against Brentford last week with Jordan Hugill suspended after picking up five yellow cards already this season.

The striker will be welcomed back into the squad this weekend and Warburton is delighted to add him to QPR’s already impressive front-line.

“He’s scored seven goals. Our two goal scorers have got 15 goals between them and it is good to welcome Jordan back,” Warburton added.

“He has a physicality about his play, he knows the division well and he and Nahki [Wells] have formed a great partnership, so I’m delighted to welcome him back. He’s a very important player for us.”