Stoke seem a long way from getting themselves back up into the top flight. It was a bottom half of the table only finish which they could manage last season with a plethora of drawn games. They kick the new season off on home soil against QPR who also had their struggles last term. The R’s had the fourth-worst defensive record in the second tier. Read our Stoke v QPR betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 1.31 p.m.)
Stoke had to settle for nothing more than a 16th place finish in the Championship last season. Their biggest problem was converting drawn matches into wins. They drew 22 of their 46 games last season in the division. The home record that the Potters posted was W8 D9 L6 and just 35% of their home league fixtures went over 2.5 goals. Of their eight home wins, none of them were by more than a two-goal margin.
They do have some rebuilding to do as they only managed to win just the three league games in 2019. Nathan Jones is in charge and they have seen Charlie Adam and Darren Fletcher both depart the club this summer. One of their notable signings for the summer has been Lee Gregory from Millwall who has scored exactly ten goals in each of his last two seasons in the division. It could be an important extra source of goals. They have also shelled out £2 million on defender Liam Lindsay from Barnsley.
There were back to back draws in the league between them last season
The Potters are undefeated in six against QPR (W3 D3)
QPR are W17 D9 L11 against Stoke in the overall head to head
Three of the last four meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The R’s had some problems last season it is fair to say. Not only did they struggle in front of goal, but they also had the fourth-worst defensive record in the entire division with 71 goals conceded. They had a pretty rough time of things out on their travels posting only a W5 D6 L12 record for the season. QPR managed to win just two games in the league after the turn of the new year, losing 14 of 20 games played in that sequence. It was a huge decline. QPR averaged under a goal per game on their travels managing a clean sheet in just 22% of road games. It has mostly been free transfer action from Rangers in the summer with the purse strings tight. QPR lost three of their four-season friendly fixtures in July.
In tight situations, it is generally worth looking to home advantage playing an important role in splitting two teams up. Stoke will be looking for a positive start on home soil and with QPR having had such poor time on their travels last season, they will likely be conservative in their opener. Home win.
1st August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Rams are sitting just outside of the playoffs and they really need to make a move. They are three points out of sixth place as it stands so have some work to do. They could only manage a draw out at Birmingham though on Friday. QPR suffered a loss on Friday in a home defeat against Blackburn. Read our Derby v QPR betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 19th, 2019 at 8:08 p.m.)
The Rams twice had to come from behind at Birmingham to get themselves a draw. They need more than that to really get into a stronger position in the race for a top six finish though. Derby have only suffered the one defeat in their last eight league games (W3 D4). They have won three of their last five league home games (D2). The Rams have only suffered a defeat in their last twelve home fixtures. So that has been a good record from them. This game, on paper, is the easiest one that they have left during their run in.
Derby have averaged 1.7 goals per home game this season and their defence has been good. The Rams have conceded at under a goal per home game and only 48% of their home fixtures have gone over 2.5 goals. The Rams have earned a clean sheet in 33% of their home games in the Championship this season. Seven of their eleven home victories have been by a two-goal margin or more. Derby have fired off a total of ten goals in their last two home games so they have been a bit more ruthless. They have scored at least two goals in four of their last five, home and away.
The last two meetings have ended in 1-1 draw
Derby are undefeated in five against QPR
Both teams have scored in two of the last nine meetings
Derby have won their last four league home games against QPR to nil
QPR lost 2-1 at home against Blackburn on Friday. That leaves them with only one win in their last nine league fixtures. Away from home, they have had a lot of trouble this season. They have only taken the four wins all term on their travels (D6 L11). They are currently without a win in any of their last nine on the road now and they have lost six of their last eight away from Loftus Road (D2). They may very well be facing a stiff challenge to get anything out of this trip to Pride Park on Monday.
QPR have scored 18 away goals this season which is an average of under a goal per game. Their defence has been very leaky this season having conceded at an average of 1.7 goals per away game. 57% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals. They have managed to pick up a clean a sheet in 24% of their away games. QPR have been level at the halftime break in 10 of their 21 away games and they have conceded 57% of their away goals in the second period of games. QPR have scored in just one of their last five away games.
Derby have to throw everything at this now and they should get the better of QPR. The R’s just haven’t been there with their away form at all and don’t pose too much of a threat in front of goal. There’s a good chance for Derby to pick up a win to nil in this one.
19th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Norwich are five points clear at the top of the table after having collected yet another win last weekend. They are racing to the finish line at this point. QPR are the next visitors to Carrow Road, but the R’s are out of form with a five-match winless streak going currently. Read our Norwich v QPR betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 4th, 2019 at 5:11 p.m.)
It is a seven-match winning streak that Norwich are on at the moment after taking a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough last weekend. That was a tough away game for them, but it was another stern test passed by the Canaries. It is back to home soil this weekend where the Canaries are W13 D2 L4 this season. They are currently on a four-match winning streak at Carrow Road at the moment and they have scored in each of their last thirteen there. Norwich have scored in each of their last 20 league games, home and away.
Norwich have averaged over two goals per home game this season, with 68% of league fixtures at Carrow Road going over 2.5 goals. Norwich have scored at least two goals in ten of their last eleven home league games. The Canaries have taken a clean sheet in a third of their home games. 9 of their 14 home victories have been by a one-goal margin this season. Norwich have scored 68% of their home goals in the second half of matches and they have opened the scoring in 12 of 19 home games. Norwich are the top scorers in the entire division.
Norwich earned a 1-0 win at QPR in September
The Canaries are on a five-match undefeated streak at home against the R’s
Both teams have scored in just two of the last six meetings
QPR have failed to score in three of their last four against Norwich
QPR suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Bolton on the weekend which leagues them winless in five (D2 L3). Rangers have only won one league game since the turn of the new year, putting up a W1 D4 L10 record since then. It’s been bad and their away record stands at W4 D5 L10 at the moment. QPR have failed to win any of their last seven away games in the Championship, losing five of those seven. In their last away game, they played out a 2-2 draw against Hull. QPR have managed just 18 goals in their 19 away games.
The R’s have failed to score in 37% of their away fixtures. They have conceded at an average of 1.7 goals per away game this season. They have not managed to come away with a clean sheet from any of their last seven games out on the road. They have actually conceded at least two goals in each of their last five away games. QPR have conceded 61% of their away goals in the second half of fixtures. There are only four teams in the Championship currently who have conceded more goals in the division than QPR have done.
A good solid clean sheet victory for the home side looks a good option in this one. Norwich are playing some phenomenal stuff at the moment. QPR don’t look to be in the kind of shape to trip them up at Carrow Road. Norwich to win to nil.
4th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
QPR are on a big losing streak of form at the moment but despite that, they still have a fairly comfortable cushion between themselves and the drop zone. As for Leeds, back to back wins has seen the stay in touch in the title race. Read our QPR v Leeds betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 24th, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.)
It’s a horrible time of things QPR are having at the moment. They are now on a seven-match losing streak in the division. They suffered a 2-0 loss at Middlesbrough on the weekend. To be fair, each of their last three have been against current top-six sides. The overall home form of QPR is W7 D2 L7 for the season. The R’s have lost each to their last three on home soil in the league, going winless in four at Loftus Road. That having been said they have scored at least two goals in six of their last eight league home games. Overall they have netted 25 home goals this season in the league in their 16 games.
So the defence is obviously a problem here for QPR. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last six league games and in seven of their last eight. So there’s the rub. But that only has been a recent demise as they have earned a clean sheet in 38% of all league home games. 62% of league fixtures at Loftus Road have gone over 2.5 goals. The R’s have opened the scoring in seven home games. Only three sides have claimed fewer home points in the Championship than QPR have.
Leeds earned a 2-1 home win over QPR back in December
QPR then took a home win over Leeds in a January FA Cup meeting
Leeds are on a three-match winning streak against QPR in the league
Four of the last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Leeds have taken back to back league wins, both of them 2-1 successes over Bolton and Swansea. That leaves them undefeated in their last three league outings and well in touch with the title race. Leeds hold as W8 D4 L4 record on their travels in the Championship this season. It hasn’t been going that smoothly for them away from Elland Road recently as they are W1 D1 L2 in their last four road fixtures. Leeds average 1.7 goals per away game this season.
Defensively they have earned a clean sheet in a quarter of their away games. Both teams have scored in 75% of their road fixtures. Leeds have scored in each of their last eight league games. They have netted in every single away game in the league this season. The Whites have been level at half time in 10 of their 16 road games. Of the goals which they have scored on their travels, 74% of them have occurred in the second half of matches. Only three teams have a better away record than Leeds have this season in the Championship.
This could be an entertaining games. It’s worth expecting goals at both ends of the pitch, but the away win looks the best option in terms of the result. Leeds have hit a bit of form and QPR are in a rut.
25th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
QPR tumbled out of the FA Cup on Friday night as they lost against Premier League side Watford. It is back to the league action where they will be looking to snap a winless streak of form. West Brom are still pushing hard to reach the top two. Read our QPR v West Brom betting tips for more.
West Brom 11/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 17th, 2019 at 6:25 p.m.)
It has been a poor run of form that QPR have put together lately. They suffered an FA Cup exit on Friday and losses have been a big part of their recent form. QPR are on a five-match losing streak in the Championship, winless in seven. They have at least scored in five of their last six league fixtures, but their defence has been having big problem. The R’s have conceded at least two goals in all but one of their last six too.
Overall this season on home soil they have a W7 D2 L6 record at Loftus Road. They are currently witness there in league action, losing their last two. The R’s have conceded exactly four goals in each of their last two home games. 60% of league fixtures at Loftus Road have gone over 2.5 goals. Still, they have taken a clean sheet in 40% of all home games played this season. They are without one in any of their last six home and away. Only four teams have a worse home record than QPR in the Championship.
West Brom took a 7-1 home win over QPR earlier this season
There have been at least five goals in each of the last three meetings
QPR are W3 D1 L1 in their last five against the Baggies
West Brom have won only one of their last five trips to Loftus Road
The Baggies won their Midlands derby out at Aston Villa over the weekend to keep themselves strong in the promotion push. They have won three of their last five league outings (D1 L1) and will be looking to make it four away wins on the bounce in current form when they visit Loftus Road. In each of their last three away wins, West Brom have not conceded either. Overall this term they are at W9 D3 L4 on their Championship travels.
Leaders Norwich are the only side in the division to have scored more goals than they have. West Brom have won seven of their last eight away games (L1) so have been immensely strong and that’s better than their current home form. Albion have four clean sheets in their last five away from the Hawthorns. The Baggies have hit the back of the net in each of their last sixteen Championship fixtures (home and away). They are on an eight-match scoring streak on their travels.
It’s pretty cut and dry as to who the form team is out of these two. It has to be a straight forward shot at backing the Baggies for another away success.
17th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The fifth round of the FA Cup starts at Loftus Road on Friday night where Championship side QPR will be looking to pull off a Cup upset. Premier League side Watford though have been proving to be a hard side to beat recently. Read our QPR v Watford betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 13th, 2019 at 3:34 a.m.)
Things haven’t been going too smoothly for the R’s recently. Their victory over Portsmouth in the last round of the FA cup is their only victory in their last seven games played across all competitions. That also has been their only clean sheet in their last nine games across all competitions. So far in this season’s FA Cup, QPR opened in the third round with an upset over then-Championship leaders Leeds.
But then the R’s needed a replay to get past League One’s Pompey. Even though they aren’t in great form, their form at Loftus Road isn’t all that bad. QPR have won four of their last seven on home turf (D1 L2). Those two losses though were both in their last three home games and Rangers conceded exactly four goals in each. Still, QPR have only failed to score in one of their last twelve home games in all competitions.
Watford’s ship is pretty steady at the moment. They have only suffered one defeat in their last nine games in all competitions. That was an away defeat at Spurs in the Premier League and only by a one-goal margin. Watford have shown plenty of strengths on the road having posted a W4 D3 L1 in their last eight away from Vicarage Road in all competitions.
A 0-0 draw at Brighton in their last away game snapped a seven-match scoring streak they were on away from home. So far in this season’s FA Cup Watford have taken back to back 2-0 away wins over Woking and Newcastle. They have been pretty tight at the back as well recently with four clean sheets in their last five played in all tournaments. Andre Gray has scored two of their last four goals.
QPR haven’t been goal shy and they can give a good account of themselves here with nothing to lose. We can still see Watford getting over the finish line though. Away win but both teams to score.
13th February 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Bristol City are on a hot run of form at the moment in the Championship. They will be looking to extend their big winning streak even further as they welcome QPR to Ashton Gate. Things are not going as well for Rangers who are on a four-match losing streak. Read our Bristol City v QPR betting tips for more.
Bristol City 4/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 11:44 p.m.)
Bristol City are on a big six-match winning streak in the Championship having collected a win at Blackburn on the weekend. Five of their last six wins have all been with a clean sheet as well, conceding just one goal in that sequence. Overall on home soil this season in the Championship, Bristol City are at W6 D5 L4. Bristol City are actually unbeaten in their last 12 league games so it has been highly impressive from them.
They have averaged under a goal per game against them at home, where they are on a three-match winning streak. The Robins are unbeaten in their last six at Ashton Gate (W3 D3). Just 27% of Bristol City’s home games have gone over 2.5 goals. Four of their six home wins have been by a one-goal margin only. Currently, Bristol City have scored in each of their last 12 league games home and away combined. There is a big half-time trend with them at home as they have been level of the break in 10 of their 15 league home games. Middlesbrough are the only side to have a better defensive record in the division than Bristol City.
The Robins rolled out a big 3-0 win at Loftus Road earlier this season
Bristol City are unbeaten in four Championship games against QPR (W3 D1)
QPR are winless in eight trips to Bristol City
Both teams have scored in just two of the last six meetings
QPR lost at home against Birmingham on the weekend, which has left them in a bit of desperate form. QPR are on a four-match losing streak in the division and in that sequence of games they have conceded a total of 11 goals. They are without a clean sheet in their last five league fixtures. Away from home, this season in the Championship QPR are at W4 D4 L7. Three of the four wins that they have taken on the road have been against the current bottom three of the Reading, Bolton and Ipswich.
QPR have averaged exactly one goal per game away from home this season and five of the seven away losses that they have recorded have been by a one-goal margin. QPR have been level at half-time in eight of their 15 away games. QPR have conceded a least two goals in each of their last three league fixtures. They have conceded 62% of their away goals this season in the second half fixtures.
It has to be the home win which gets backed for this one as Bristol City are in such tremendous form at the moment. QPR have just badly lost their way so it is the straight out home win for our prediction.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Championship side QPR could only manage a 1-1 draw down on the south coast in the first attempt at settling this FA Cup tie. Pompey, who are from League One, now get the tricky task of having to try and finish this away from home. Did they miss their chance at home? The winner is at home against Watford in the next round. Read our QPR v Portsmouth betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 2nd, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.)
QPR were on their way out of the FA Cup away at Portsmouth. Fortunately for them, Nahki Wells came up with an equalizer with 15 minutes to go. QPR were on top in the match, but they didn’t create as much going forward as they probably should have. But now back on home soil at Loftus Road, they will be expected to drive forward. QPR have posted a W3 D1 L1 record in their last five home fixtures. They pulled off an upset at home against Championship leaders Leeds in the last round. They haven’t been short of goals have QPR, as they have scored at least two goals in five of their last seven at Loftus Road. The last time that QPR played host to Portsmouth was back in the 2011 championship, with the R’s earning a 2-0 victory. QPR are actually undefeated in their last 13 home fixtures against Portsmouth.
Pompey could well be meeting QPR up in the Championship next season. That is because they are on a good promotion push in League One at the moment. There is a bit of a question mark over their form though because Pompey have earned one win in their last six games in all competition. That victory was a 1-0 away win at Championship side Norwich in the last round of the FA Cup. Their away form doesn’t made particularly great reading either. They have earned two wins only in their last six on the road. But there is a positive for Pompey in that they have scored in all but one of their away games in all competitions this season. This will be their fourth away game of this season’s FA Cup having won each of the other three (against Maidenhead, Rochdale and then Norwich) with a clean sheet.
QPR should just have enough on home soil at Loftus Road to close out this FA Cup replay. It may well again be a tight battle between the two but we are sticking with a home side to get the victory by a one-goal margin at 13/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 2nd, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.)
4th February 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
QPR v Leeds FA Cup Preview, 6th January 2.00pm
This is going to be an interesting clash between the two Championship sides. Leeds are top of the Championship but have suffered back to back defeats. Will they be particularly interested in putting together a good FA Cup run over a shot at the league title? QPR have shown plenty of strong form at Loftus Road and will put up a good fight. Read our QPR v Leeds betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 3rd January 2019 at 11:43 p.m.)
It is a nice bit of solid form that QPR are in at the moment. The R’s will be happy with home advantage in this FA Cup tie anyway. They had a slow start to the season but have gotten better and better the longer the season has gone on. They have suffered just three losses in their last sixteen played and they are currently on a five-match unbeaten streak (W3 D2). QPR have conceded in just one of their last four games. They paid a visit to Elland Road to face Leeds just back in December and lost 2-1 after having opened the scoring. At Loftus Road, QPR have lost only one of their last eight games (W5 D2) and they have scored at least two goals in four of their last five there.
Leeds have just had their bubble burst a little bit with back to back losses in their last two Championship games. The Whites were on a powerful seven-match winning streak before that. So they need to pick themselves up a little bit. They have hit at least two goals in three of their last four and despite scoring twice at Nottingham Forest on the weekend they lost 4-2. Their higher priority is naturally going to be securing promotion up to the top flight. That’s a bigger target than the FA Cup. Leeds are W3 L1 in their last four away games. They have also won their last three in a row against QPR, but have lost two of their last three trips to Loftus Road. The two have met just twice before in the FA Cup with one win each.
Leeds have to be a bit more concerned about their league form that this. Changes could be made to both sides and that should give QPR a decent shot at pulling something out of the bag in this one. QPR to win at 9/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 3rd January 2019 at 11:43 p.m.)
4th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
It is big Boxing Day action from the Championship and there’s a lot going down. Leeds were the ones to finish top at Christmas after a late win over Aston Villa last time out. But only a point separated them and second-place Norwich. The two are starting to open up a bit of a gap at the top though.
Nothing changed at the bottom of the table last time out with none of the bottom three managing to get a win on the board. Here are our Championship tips and predictions for December 26th, 2018. These are all 3.00 pm kick offs.
Kemar Roofe came up with a late winner at Aston Villa on Sunday to give Leeds a huge three points to leave them top of the Christmas Championship tree. It was also their sixth straight league win. They have really been powering along lately and have conceded in just two of their last six. Leeds have a W7 D3 L1 record on home soil and they are on a three-match winning streak at Elland Road. Blackburn lost against Norwich on the weekend leaving them with one win in seven. With them being winless in five-way from home, the outcome seems obvious.
Leeds to win to nil checks our boxes at 13/8 odds* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am) as Rovers just don’t have the winning form to challenge.
Boro snapped a four-match winless streak with a win on the weekend out at Reading. It was a narrow 1-0 success for them. But it strengthened their spot in the top six. It hasn’t been the hottest of form from them lately though, but will Sheffield Wednesday be able to raise enough of a threat? The Owls haven’t won on the road since back at the start of October. Given that Boro generally don’t give up too much on home soil, this is a tough away game for a team who have conceded an average of two road goals per game.
Even though Boro aren’t in top form at the moment there should be enough for them there to squeeze out a narrow win. Middlesbrough to win and under 2.5 goals at 11/8* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am)
It has been some fantastic stuff from Norwich who are unbeaten in eleven games now after earning a 1-0 away win at Blackburn on the weekend. That’s getting the job done. The Canaries are on a five-match winning streak at Carrow Road, scoring at least three goals in each of their last three there. Notts Forest were on a great unbeaten run of form but they have been tripped up twice in their last three games, both 1-0 home defeats actually. Strangely since a 5-5 draw against Villa at the end of November, Forest have failed to score in three of their following four games. They are unbeaten in eight on the road though.
We are going to predict that Forest are going to be good enough to dig in and get something out of this game. The draw in the match outright does appeal here at 27/10* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am)
QPR have climbed the table with back to back league wins under their belt. Those were wins against two of the current top seven as well in Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. So that’s a great six points Rangers have picked up. They get an easier looking home game in this one as well as they face Ipswich who are floundering at the bottom of the table. The Tractor Boys have picked up four points in their last two games, but still, it’s four losses in their last six. They taken one point in their last five road games, failing to score in four of those.
QPR to win to nil is a perfect fit for this one at 7/4 odds given the upturn in form from Rangers and Ipswich’s lack of goals* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am).
Preston are the bottom of the table, in 15th actually after the weekend. They suffered a loss out at Sheffield Wednesday which ruined their positive recent form of back to back wins. Still, they are in decent shape at home as they are unbeaten in six at Deepdale. So that’s good stuff from them but they are catching Hull possibly at the wrong time. The Tigers have continued their major upward swing now having won three of their last four (D1). They are unbeaten in five and have lost just one of their last nine (W4 D3 L1). That was after losing nine of their first fourteen games of the season.
The draw is going to tickle our fancy here. The Tigers have drawn two of their last three on the road and Preston aren’t easily knocked down at Deepdale. The draw at 12/5 odds is a good proposition* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am).
25th December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting