Bristol City vs QPR by Luke
After two away consecutive defeats even without a goal scored on the road against Preston and Brentford, players of Bristol City managed to react well and took an important three pointer in a home game against Wolves last Saturday evening with a 3:1 result.
However, it must be said that the match was pretty much equal, with the visitors even having more of the ball possession, but being concrete in front of opponent's goal is what counts the most. Hosts took the double lead in the first halftime via goals from Paterson and Abraham (from the penalty), while the latter one opened the second halftime with a goal too, leaving visitors to react in 78th minute via Bodvarssson. Guests were better in the second halftime, but all they could do is to reduce the deficit. It was second consecutive home victory for Bristol City, side that now stands four points above relegating placed Blackburn.
Bristol City will be playing in 4-4-2 formation, with Abraham and Taylor as strikers. Midfielder Gary O'Neil (29/1) and forward Milan Djuric (9/1) remains sidelined with injuries. Their manager Lee Johnson will probably name similar squad to the one last weekend.
QPR, on the other side, seems to be in a pretty poor form at the moment, as the team comes from third consecutive defeat, as they welcomed Brighton on Friday evening and suffered 1:2 defeat. However, it should be said that the players of QPR didn't play that bad and actually did deserve something more out of the clash having created more good chances.
Guests surprised them with two quick goals in the second halftime, in 58th minute via Murray and six minutes later via Pocognoli, while the hosts had hard time getting back into the match but still managed to reduce in 74th with a goal from Smith. At least it was their first goal scored after two losses without a goal, as the side surely lost any kind of promotional hopes having fifty points now - ten more than relegating worried Blackburn.
Visitors from London are set to play in 3-4-1-2 formation, using Smith and Washington as forwards, plus offensive midfielder Morrison. Central defender Steven Caulker (13/2) is injured, same as midfielder Jordan Cousins (18/0) who is out till the end of the season. Forward Kazenga Lua Lua is doubtful due ankle injury.
- Bristol City are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against QPR.
- QPR have failed to score in their last 3 away matches (Championship).
Bristol City remains slight favorites for this game being a home team and maybe needing points a bit more urgently, but I wouldn't overwrite players of QPR that easily either. Both teams to score and quite an open play from both sides will be my first betting option here.