QPR will welcome Derby County in the EFL Championship as they look to end their recent woes against the high-flying visitors.
The Rangers are currently placed 18th in the Championship table with 23 points, just three points above the relegation zone. On the contrary, Derby County is positioned in fifth place with 32 points credited to them.
In the last three games, QPR has not tasted any victory. So, this is a very crucial match for the Hoops if they are to survive yet another drop, having been relegated from the Premier League in 2015.
QPR’s latest win came against Norwich about a month ago when the goals from Conor Washington and Sebastian Polter secured a 2-1 victory.
One of the concerns for QPR manager Ian Holloway is the compatibility of Ben Gladwin into his system. The Rangers’ man in charge is pondering where is the best position to play the 24-year-old, as per GetWestLondon.
“If you’re a midfield player who wants to dribble with it and you’re coming from Swindon and you playing out wide, I’ve got to find the right blend and balance for you.
“If I ask you to sprint inside, up the wing. Ben Gladwin, I’m talking about. He’ll look at me as if I must be mad. I don’t want him to be anyone but he is. Same with Nasser.
“I’ve got to fit him in with the team.”
Meanwhile, Derby prepared for this match well by winning emphatically against Nottingham Forest in their last game. The Rams won the game three goals to nil, thanks to the goals from Ton Ince, Will Hughes and an own goal from Nicklas Bendtner.
Derby has won their last six games in the Championship and they are the form team in the league. After an inconsistent start in the league, the Rams have finally found the magic formula, and it remains to be seen if it works against the Rangers.
Team News: QPR
Defender James Perch is eligible to play after a one-match suspension. But important players like Steven Caulker, Jack Robinson and midfielder Ariel Borysiuk could all miss this game due to injuries.
QPR: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Smithies – Onuoha, Lynch, Hall, Bidwell – Sandro, Luongo – N’Gbakoto, Cousins, Chery – Washington
Team News: Derby County
Winger Ikechi Anya has not played the last two games through illness, and he is doubtful to play this one too. Nick Blackman, Cyrus Christie, George Thorne and Craig Forsyth will all be the absentees due to their respective injuries.
Derby County: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Carson – Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson – Butterfield, Johnson, Hughes – Ince, Bent, Russel
QPR vs. Derby County: Head-to-Head
Total games: 37
QPR wins: 11
Derby County wins: 12
QPR vs. Derby: Prediction
Derby is the stronger team at the moment, no one will be happy to face them now, let alone QPR who is having a rough time. Three consecutive defeats means the confidence of the Rangers is at the bottom, and that is unlikely to change against the Rams. We go for a Derby win.
Final Predicted Score: QPR 1-3 Derby County
Nottingham vs. Derby: Betting Tips and Odds
- Nottingham win: 12/5
- A draw: 9/4
- Derby County win: 6/5
The odds were provided by Skybet.
Key Stats to consider
- Derby County has won their last six games in the Championship.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Derby’s last 11 outings in the Championship.
- QPR was defeated their last three matches (Championship).
- Derby has been winning at both half time and full time in five of their recent six games (Championship).
- QPR has seen under 2.5 goals in their recent four games vs Derby in all competitions.
- Derby has not conceded a goal in their last four games (Championship).
The QPR vs. Derby stats were provided by Whoscored.
QPR vs. Derby County: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link. The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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