QPR vs Blackburn by Shibby
Championship action on a Wednesday evening is a rare delight and will keep me entertained J The game will be played at Loftus Road and will see QPR host Blackburn Rovers in a 19:45 kick off. All other Championship fixtures will be played this evening (15/09/2015) and this will be played on 16/09/2015.
The home side have been in good form lately and are one of the Championship title favourites, in my opinion they should be. They squad that they have available is very good and capable of beating anyone in this league when on form.
QPR manager Ramsey heads into the game currently sat in 7th in the league (however, will have a game in hand over most other teams once they’ve played later this evening). Since the opening day of the season when QPR lost away at Charlton, they’ve turned things around and went on a 4 game unbeaten run (3 wins and 1 draw). They managed a draw (2-2) vs Cardiff and since then they’ve looked solid in my opinion. They won their next 3 games, the first was vs a tough Wolves team and what stood out for me was the way in which they won the game. They went 2-0 down away from home vs Wolves, many teams would crumble and lose 3 or 4-0 easily, however, Ramsey managed to rally his team and a crucial goal from Charlie Austin in the 38th minute gave QPR a lifeline. The half time team talk must have been very motivational as QPR came away from the game 3-2 winners, 2 late goals from Phillips secured the win. Their next fixture was also an impressive one, vs my team, Rotherham United. They beat us 4-2 and Charlie Austin again was in the goals. Yet again they looked sloppy at times, however, the grinded out a result and managed to get the all-important 3 points they needed. Their next win was vs Huddersfield, a hard fort 1-0 victory, Chery with an 84th minute winner.
QPR played on Saturday vs Nottingham Forest, QPR took the lead in the 65th minute through top scorer Charlie Austin, from then on QPR looked set to take all 3 points, however, a penalty from Henri Lansbury in the 75th minute gave Forest a boost and they started to dictate the play. Then in the 82nd minute a goal from Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira secure all 3 points for Forest! However, we can’t forget that QPR keeper Rob Green received a red card in the 72nd minute, which obviously shook QPR and for me this was the reason Forest won the game. If Rob Green would have stayed on I would have expected QPR to hold out for the win. This will have hurt QPR and I have a feeling they will come out fighting vs a poor Blackburn. Also, QPR striker, Charlie Austin is still in the shop window for many Premiership clubs and he seems to be going out every game and performing at a high level, I’m sure deep down that in January he will be sold.
The visitors for the game are Blackburn Rovers, I backed against Blackburn on the weekend just gone when they played Fulham. I’ve not fancied Blackburn for a few games now and although they may argue that they had a goal disallowed, I think Fulham still deserved the win overall.
As I commented in my last post (when I backed Fulham) Blackburn find themselves in the relegation zone still on just 3 points, manager Gary Bowyer is also risking his job of late and needs to turn Blackburn’s season around sooner rather than later. Blackburn have yet to record a win in the league this season and you can tell that with the players attitude. Their confidence seems to be very low at the moment.
Jordan Rhodes did bag against Fulham, however, for me he hasn’t looked like the player he was last season. Also, QPR have had an extra day to prepare/recover for this fixture as they played on Saturday with Blackburn playing against Fulham on the Sunday, so fatigue may be an issue for the players.
I’ve tipped this quite early as I see some good value for a QPR win. They are currently 2.10 with BetVictor to get all 3 points at home vs a poor Blackburn Rovers. As always, if pushed for a correct score I’d say 2 or 3-1 to QPR. Good Luck all.