This weekend’s round of championship fixtures is headed up by the 2nd vs 3rd match between QPR and Burnley at Loftus Road.
Both teams will be competing to stay within touching distance of top placed Leicester, who currently sit 8 and 11 points ahead of QPR and Burnley respectively, having played one game more. This fixture could have a big influence on who ends up in the division’s second automatic promotion spot at the end of the season.
QPR’s top goalscorer Charlie Austin will miss the visit of his former club because of a shoulder injury, and joins Danny Simpson and Yossi Benayoun on the side-lines. Burnley will give late fitness tests to Daniel Lafferty and Keith Tracey, but could include Ross Wallace following his lengthy side-line from a knee injury.
QPR go into the fixture in good form, having won their last 4 fixtures. Burnley have drawn their last two fixtures, at home to Brighton, and also at home to struggling Sheffield Wednesday. In addition, they have also only managed to win once on the road since the 19th of October, which implies they may struggle against a QPR side that holds the joint best home record in the Championship winning 11 and drawing 2 of their 14 games.
The match should be tight, but a slight preference goes to QPR, even in spite of Austin’s absence. QPR to win 1-0 is 6/1 with Paddy Power, with Andy Johnson 5/1 with Coral to open the scoring. Danny Ings is always dangerous, and is 13/2 to be first goal scorer with BetVictor.
Elsewhere, back Leeds United to reverse their recent slump at home to Huddersfield Town, at 13/10 with Bet365.