We’re in London for the latest of our Championship match previews as Queens Park Rangers look to entertain their fans with a home win over Stoke City. Both clubs are toiling at present, meaning the pressure is on to claim three much-needed points.
Hoops form worrying for all concerned
Queens Park Rangers are always a popular choice with followers of the Championship making their promotion predictions back in pre-season. On paper, The Hoops are the kind of team who really should be knocking on the door of a top-six place and extended season. Things just haven’t gone to plan for the Londoners this term, however, and they entered the week closer to the relegation zone than the promotion playoffs. A run of defeats had supporters worried as the team slipped further down the pecking order, nearing the bottom three, which is to be avoided at all costs.
Beaten last weekend in what was their 15th defeat of the season in 31 games, QPR ended on the wrong side of the result against Huddersfield away from home. 2-0 was the score that day, thanks to strikes from Kachunga and Mounie. Both goals were scored within four minutes of each other, the second sent home from the penalty spot.
Stoke scored impressive win over Charlton
It has already proven to be a tough watch for Stoke City fans this season, but their opponents haven’t had it any easier and managed to win only 10 of their first 31 games, which was a shocking return. During the same period, they scored 39 goals but conceded 47. The fact Stoke scored more goals than Swansea up in ninth proves where the problem lies.
To have any chance of placing distance between themselves and the relegation zone, Stoke must sort their defence and they must do it quickly. The coaching staff now can’t bring in reinforcements so must work with what they have. Making the team difficult to break down and a little more defensive, maybe even negative, could be the answer.
Stoke were in action last weekend when winning their third game in four thanks to a 3-1 home cheer over another London based side in Charlton. McClean, Ince and Powell were on the scoresheet for the victors that day and that was enough to better a reply from Purrington in first-half injury time.
QPR vs Stoke prediction
It’s difficult to get too excited about either team winning this match as their recent form is poor, to put it politely. QPR are at home and sit higher in the table but Stoke won last weekend and will believe they are good enough to do the same again.
Both sides are in real trouble of being sucked into the thick of a relegation dog fight and the threat of that should ensure a nervy, edgy 90 minutes. Sitting on the fence is never inspiring, but the draw seems like a rather likely outcome.
Championship betting odds
There’s not a lot between the teams in the league standings and that is reflected in the pre-match betting. QPR are 33/20 for the win, the draw 11/5 and Stoke are also 33/20.