QPR v Brentford – Loftus Road at 20:00 live on Sky Sports 1
Another Friday night, another Championship encounter. This time we witness a London derby as QPR host Brentford at Loftus Road. I give my Asian Handicap betting recommendation for what should be a fiery encounter between these two teams.
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It has been an average season for both clubs, but you would think QPR would have the upper hand heading into this encounter looking at their recent form. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side go into this match having lost only won of their last five in all competitions.
The west London club’s last fixture finishing in a 1-0 defeat away to Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend.
However, you look at their home form and I can see why fans are not enjoying Hasselbaink’s reign so much considering they have only won one of their last six at Loftus Road. Making it only two wins from seven at home this campaign. Shocking.
On a brighter note, there seems to be no bans or suspensions within the club. The only problem has been the amount of goals scored as Tjaronn Chery sits as their top goalscorer with four goals in 17 appearances. Yet new signing Idrissa Sylla has failed to find his feet having signed from Anderlecht for £2.55 million in the summer.
I would have to think QPR will see off their competition this Friday, and with a win they would climb five places up to eighth in the table. But expect this game to be no easy encounter for the R’s.
Their opponents, meanwhile, are having a similar start to last season considering they have only won five of their last 14 matches in the Championship and sit 11th in the table. Dean Smith’s last game finishing in a 2-0 defeat at home to Barnsley. A poor result which has now seen the Bees score only one goal in their last four fixtures.
One player who I recognise in this team is Josh McEachran, that once ‘going to be star’ Chelsea youngster. Thought he was a bright spark coming through, but he never found his edge. Now, at Brentford, he has played five games so far this season and is finding his form alongside the likes of midfielder Alan Judge and captain Harlee Dean.
However, away form is a topic Bee’s fans do not like talking about. They have only won one match on the road this campaign whilst scoring four and conceding seven in their last five fixtures. On top of this, on their travels the Bees have only won two of their last five games against London clubs.
More bad news for the visitors is that Alan McCormack is suspended for the Friday night fixture. However, top goalscorer Scott Hogan is fit having netted eight goals in 15 appearances this season.
The last time these two sides met at Loftus Road, QPR won 3-0; Chery scoring one and assisting another. In fact, Brentford has only beaten their London rivals once in their history, and have only scored one goal in their last four meetings in Shepherd’s Bush.
Both sides seem to favour the 4-2-3-1 formation, and if they were to stick with this on Friday I would back QPR for the win. With Chery sitting in behind Sylla, their attack may be too much for the Bees and I reckon it could be on this night we see the hosts land a win.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: QPR -/+0 at 2.00 with 188Bet
Prices correct at time of writing.