Two sides in very contrasting form meet at Loftus Road on Tuesday night, with the hosts aiming to break free from a six game winless run.
Dead dreams vs real contenders
QPR now sit 18th in the league as a result of their dreadful recent form, 5 defeats in their last six Championship outings has left them 14 points outside the play-offs and more worryingly just 10 points above the relegation. Granted, they have two games in hand on both Reading and Rotherham, but failure to resurrect their results could drag them in to the dogfight. With no more FA Cup matches to cover up their league failings their season risks becoming a disaster.
On the flip side, West Brom are not only gunning for a play off spot, they have ambitions of an automatic promotion place. Something that many expected The Baggies to achieve this season after their relegation from the Premier League. Darren Moore’s men head in to this fixture with just one defeat in their last six, they are just four points off the automatic promotion places with a game in hand on Sheffield United in second.
It is imperative that the visitors get a result here, as they then face two huge fixtures against the sides above them. A home game against Sheffield United is first up, then a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds follows that. Maximum points from these games could put them in a sensational position heading in to the last 10 games.
The visitors are the favourites for the clash, priced at 2.2 to win, with their hosts out at 3.1.
QPR have been unable to keep them out all season long, the R’s have conceded 47 goals this campaign. There are a number of sides above them that have conceded more, but those sides have also scored a lot more than The Hoops. In their six match winless run they have shipped 15 goals, they have managed to score eight of their own but they have looked vulnerable defensively throughout.
West Brom are far from the best defensive side in the league, Tuesday night’s visitors have conceded 40 goals in the league. However they have only been outscored by Norwich, and that is by just a singular goal. Which you would expect to be recovered when they play QPR, which is their game in hand on The Canaries. The Baggies will take huge confidence from QPR’s defensive record, particularly with Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez firing on all cylinders; the pair have 33 goals between them this season.
However, the visitors are without talismanic Gayle, who is serving the second of a two match suspension for deceiving a match official during their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest. He will be a sore miss, but the mantle was carried well by Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu last time out as they secured a 2-0 victory at Villa Park. Rodriguez is the bookies favourite for a goal, priced at 5.0 first and 2.2 anytime.
QPR have to stop the rot, and stop it quickly. Failure to do so could put them in a precarious position; if they weren’t already. The opposition is tough, but the hosts need to take advantage of playing in front of their own fans, where they have managed seven of their 11 wins this season.
Huge game for both
For the visitors, a win would put them right in to the thick of the automatic promotion action and set them up brilliantly for their huge upcoming games. No team has won more away games than West Brom, and they’ll be keen to take advantage of QPR’s rotten run of form.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.8
Jay Rodriguez to score anytime @ 2.2
Both teams to score and no draw @ 2.63