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QPR vs Middlesbrough in the Championship on Feb 9. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

QPR vs Middlesbrough in the Championship on Feb 9. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

It’s a big midweek clash in the Championship as far as the play-off picture is concerned, as QPR host Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

Both of these sides have FA Cup clashes to get through before this one, with the Londoners heading to Peterborough in their Fourth-Round tie, while Boro have the small matter of a visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

But the league is no doubt the priority for both, with the visitors sitting just outside the top six, while Mark Warburton’s Rangers are just a couple of points off an automatic promotion place.

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QPR To Win

QPR head into this one in great form, winning six of their last seven matches and drawing the other. They’ve also been particularly solid defensively at Loftus Road, keeping three successive clean sheets, including a 4-0 demolition of Reading in their last outing in the capital.

Boro are certainly picking up as far as their away record is concerned, but their 1-0 defeat at Blackburn towards the end of January means they’ve kept just two clean sheets on the road in their last nine attempts.

They also suffered a home defeat to QPR earlier in the season, falling to a 3-2 defeat at the Riverside despite taking an early lead.

That loss continued what was been a pretty poor record for Boro against Wednesday’s opponents, who they haven’t beaten in their last five meetings, as well as losing three of their last four against the Hoops.

So, it looks like QPR have the Teesiders’ number here, so we like the look of a home win at generous odds of 17/10 with Sportnation

QPR Form, squad news, opinion

Queens Park Rangers fans have had to endure some difficult times since their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2014-15 season, but this year, things look like they could be about to change.

Boss Warburton has had to work on a budget that could be described as “shoestring” when compared to some of their peers, but the former Brentford manager has quietly built a talented, young team that plays attractive football and scores goals.

There also some experienced players in the mix who are delivering the goods. The likes of Charlie Austin and Andre Gray have both produced big moments this year, while winger Albert Adomah has been a great pick-up on a free.

Rangers should be boosted by the return of playmaker Ilias Chair, who has been away with Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations. Goalkeeper Seny Dieng remains absent, however, with his side Senegal in the final of the tournament.

Middlesbrough Form, squad news, opinion

Their season was on the verge of drifting into obscurity, but the decision to sack Neil Warnock and replace him with Chris Wilder has proved to be the right one.

What we have now is a side with much more bite up front, as well as a defence that is helping to maintain an excellent home run.

At the Riverside, Boro have won all of their last five, keeping clean sheets in four of them, while their defeat to Blackburn was their first on the road in five outings.

They are still conceding a few too many goals away from home, though, but that said, it’s still a marked improvement from the early reaches of the season.

Wilder has been somewhat fortunate with injuries during his tenure and has a near fully fit squad to choose from.

History

These two have faced off 55 times, with their first meeting taking place in February of 1913.

And there’s very little to separate the two, with QPR picking up 21 victories, while Boro have 18 to their name. 17 of the 55 contests have ended all-square.

About the Venue

The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium was named after a charity set up in honour of a former QPR youth player who was tragically murdered in 2006.

The stadium, formally known as Loftus Road, is one of the smaller grounds in the Championship, with a capacity of just over 18,000, but with the fans in very close proximity to the pitch, it can provide an intimidating atmosphere to visiting sides.

Conclusion

The Championship is notorious for throwing up matches that are tough to call and this one is no different.

But we give QPR the edge, courtesy of their great home form and a recent record over Middlesbrough that is the envy of most sides in the division.

But the visitors will dig in and make life tough. Wilder is a wily manager at this level and will set up his side to make things difficult for a largely young QPR outfit, but we expect their talent to shine through. Just.

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