Tuesday 19 February: 7.45pm
Live on Sky Sports
A run of five league defeats in a row have ended any hope QPR had of reaching the Championship promotion play-off positions. They are still ten points above the relegation zone but need to start getting some points on the board. That won’t be easy here as they host a West Brom side that won well at Aston Villa on Saturday and are fourth in the table.
There isn’t an immediate need for QPR to be worried about their Championship status but there might be soon. They have lost their last five league matches and this game against West Brom begins a run of three games against sides in the top six.
Currently QPR are ten points above the relegation zone and the 18th placed team are 12 behind the play-off positions. That’s a bit of a comedown after being eighth in the table recently. Friday saw them knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford, their third defeat in the last four home games. They are 5/2 (3.5) at Unibet to get an important home win in this game.
To get that win they need to plug their leaky defence that has conceded 47 league goals this season and 12 in the last four. Only two of their last six home league games has ended in a home win for QPR.
West Brom are fourth in the Championship and only four points behind second-placed Sheffield United with a game in hand. Winning this game will keep them in fourth place but mean there’s just three points between the top four teams in the table with Bristol City having games in hand.
Only one of the last six WBA league games have been lost. On their travels, they are proving hard to beat with seven wins out of the last eight. It’s evens (2.0) that their trip to London sees them get their tenth away league win of the season.
No new injury problems have been reported from the weekend fixtures.
The most recent meeting between these two sides is one QPR will want to forget about. Level at the Hawthorns with 37 minutes to go, they managed to lose 7-1. That defeat ended a run of three straight wins for QPR over their rivals. WBA have only won one of their last five visits to Loftus Road.
Rodriguez in Form
Jay Rodriguez has had an injury-free season and the former Southampton player is in good form at present. He scored at Aston Villa on Saturday making it goals in his last two games and three in the last five. He scored twice in the reverse fixture and is 4/1 (5.0) at William Hill to score the first goal and 5/4 (2.25) to score in the game.
The two goals that Jay Rodriguez scored in the reverse fixture were both from the penalty spot. It’s 9/2 (5.5) at Paddy Power that West Brom score a penalty in this game.
Will QPR Score?
West Brom aren’t all about scoring goals you know. They have four clean sheets in their last five away league games. Only Middlesbrough and Bristol City have conceded less away league goals in the Championship. Ladbrokes will give you odds of 11/5 (3.2) on a West Brom clean sheet.
QPR’s cup exploits are over for the season and now they have to concentrate on not getting dragged into a relegation battle. They are conceding too many goals at present and not having much luck either. West Brom are a high-scoring team in good form and have a great chance of winning promotion (5/4 (2.25) at Betway). They can get another away win here with over 2.5 goals scored. That’s 9/4 (3.25) at Betfair.