Foot Predictions shows Wednesday’s championship clash between Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Queens Park Rangers will aim to continue their rise in the league table when they take the form off Preston North End in Deepdale on Wednesday night.
Mark WarburtonThe male players have won four consecutive games and have moved up to 13th place, tied on points with Preston, with only two wins in the last nine league games.
QPR has been in a remarkable phase since the turn of the year, winning six of the seven league games in 2021 by an aggregate score of 10-4.
That was not enough to lead them into a serious playoff dispute, as they are 10 points out of the top six, although with two games to go.
Preston had his eye on the playoffs at some point, but a run of four losses in the past five has dashed promotion hopes.
The Lilywhites lost 4-0 to Cardiff City in their last match – a game in which Paul Gallagher and Ched Evans both missed a penalty with the score 2-0.
Alex Neil has accepted that his side hasn’t been good enough lately, and this could be another tricky test for the North End at home.
They lost nine league games in Deepdale this season – since 2010-11, the season in which they were relegated from the league, they haven’t lost more often.
QPR, by comparison, have won three consecutive away games and intend to win four consecutive away games for the first time since October 2004.
After defeating Bournemouth 2-1 last time, Warburton now hopes his team can maintain their winning streak.
By the way, the former head of Brentford and Nottingham Forest lost just one of their seven previous league games against Preston (W4 D2).
That solitary defeat came in the reverse game at the start of the season – Preston won 2-0 at Loftus Road in October and added up to seven wins in their last nine meetings with QPR.
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Neill’s decision to go with a three-man defense against Cardiff was not worth it, so Preston can return to the 4-2-3-1 system on Wednesday.
Anthony Gordon and Scott Sinclair they are among those who press for a reconvention of the first team, with changes likely to be made.
Evans missed a penalty against Cardiff and scored in just one of his six games for Preston since leaving Fleetwood Town last month.
As for visitors, they will be left without Luke Amos and Tom Carroll for this mid-week trip to Lancashire.
Chris Willock and Sam Field will hope to force his way back to XI, but Warburton may be reluctant to make any adjustments.
Possible initial lineup of Preston North End:
Iversen; Browne, Lindsay, Storey, Cunningham; Whiteman, Molumby; Sinclair, Johnson, Gordon; Evans
Possible initial lineup for Queens Park Rangers:
Dieng; Barbet, Dickie, Cameron; Kane, Johansen, Field, Wallace; President, Willock; Austin
Probability: Preston North End 1-1 Queens Park Rangers
QPR are in good shape, mostly away from home, while Preston have lost three of their last four games at Deepdale.
The form guide certainly points to an away win on Wednesday, although North End boasts a good record in this clash and we can see them stopping rot with a point.
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