Queens Park Rangers entertain visitors Middlesbrough tomorrow at Loftus Road in a game that pitches the 11th-placed hosts against their 3rd-placed visitors.
With QPR sitting only 11 points shy of Sheffield Wednesday in the last of the play-off places, a win here would keep the dream alive for the improving Londoners whose form over the last six games has seen them perform well enough to be placed as the 4th-ranked form side over their last six games.
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Conversely, visitors Boro haven’t been as productive over their last six games and the Teessider’s performances are only good enough to rank them as the 11th-best performing form side in the Championship. The fact that they are clinging to third place overall is testament to their fine early-season form and a win would move them two points clear of second place Brighton and position them only two points behind curernt leaders Burnley.
Queens Park Rangers
QPR currently have the fourth best home attack in the Championship, averaging 1.63 goals per game over the 19 games they have played in the Championship at Loftus Road. Their defensive record at home isn’t as impressive over the full season, with the 1.05 goals conceded per game at Loftus Road seeing them as the 14th best home defensive team in the division. However, it must be noted that QPR have kept clean sheets in four of their last five home games, with clean sheets in each of their last three games.
Boro currently have the 11th ranked away attack in the Championship, averaging 1.11 goals per game over the 19 games they have played in the Championship away from the Riverside. Their defensive record on their travels is much more impressive over the full season, with the 0.89 goals conceded per game away from home seeing them as the 2nd best home defensive team in the division, trailing only Hull City’s 0.79 goals conceded. However, it must be noted that Boro have conceded five goals in their last three away games: two against Blackburn (L), one against Rotherham (L) and two last time out against Charlton (L).
Games featuring QPR have an average 2.37 goals p/game, QPR appearing in 15 games over 2.5 goals (39%) and 23 games under 2.5 goals (61%). Games involving Middlesbrough have featured an average of 1.92 goals p/game, the Teessiders appearing in 12 games over 2.5 goals (32%) and 25 games under 2.5 goals (68%). At the extreme, QPR have featured in eight games this season over 3.5 goals and three games over 4.5 goals; Middlesbrough have featured in 4 games over 3.5 goals but none over 4.5.
Both Teams to Score
QPR have featured in a straight 50/50 percentage split of games where both teams have scored – when both tems have scored they have a W3 D11 L5 record, when both teams haven’t scored QPR’s record is W9 D4 L6.
Middlesbrough have participated in 10 (27%) games where both teams have scored and 27 (73%) of games where both teams haven’t scored. When both teams have scored, Middlesbrough have a record of W6 D3 L1; when both teams haven’t scored Middlesbrough’s record is W15 D4 L8.
QPR have eight-goal Dutchman Tjarron Cherry as their leading scorer, the Dutchman scoring seven of his eight goals at Loftus Road. They have opened the scoring in 11 (55%) of their home games this season with 9 goals (29%) coming in the first half and 22 (71%) coming in the second half. The majority of first-half goals (6) are scored between 31-45 minutes, the majority of second-half (11) goals being scored between 76-90 minutes.
Middlesbrough have 11-goal (10 for Blackburn) striker Jordan Rhodes leading their front-line, the Scot scoring seven of these goals away from home for his respective sides – including his only goal for Boro. On their travels, Middlesbrough have scored nine goals (42.9%) in the first-half and 12 goals (57.1%) in the second-half. The goals scored in the first half are pretty much shared out (four in 0-15 minutes, two in 16-30 minutes and three in 31-45 minutes) whereas in the second half there is a slew towards later goals (four in 61-75 minutes, 6 in 76-90 minutes).