Foot Predictions shows Saturday’s championship clash between Queens Park Rangers and Bournemouth, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Queens Park Rangers will be aiming for another scalp from the top six on Saturday when they host Bournemouth.
Rangers defeated West London rival Brentford on Wednesday and moved up to 16th in the league, meaning a trip to Loftus Road will not be easy for sixth placed Cherries.
QPR lost at halftime against the Bees, who pushed the promotion, but two goals within four minutes of the second half in January. Sam Field and Charlie Austin secured a 2-1 win for the hosts.
Mark WarburtonThe men are now eight points clear of the relegation zone, after an impressive turnaround in form since the turn of the year; in fact, they have won five of their six league games so far in 2021, after not winning any of the final nine games in 2020.
The transformation has effectively saved Warburton’s job, and Austin, 31, is in good shape, scoring three goals in six games since returning to the club.
Jonathan Woodgate has done well to stabilize the ship during his time in temporary position, with a 1-0 win over Rotherham United on Wednesday, the third win in four matches since Jason Tindall was fired, but Bournemouth said he was interested in appointing Thierry Henry as your new head coach.
Philip Billing scored the only goal of the game in the middle of the first half against Rotherham, and Bournemouth is now a little more comfortable in the playoff places with a six-point lead over Cardiff City in seventh place.
The Cherries have a crucial meeting with the Bluebirds on Tuesday and then play against Watford, fourth, four days later, so the trip to QPR will be vital to gain momentum.
Only Brentford have scored more league goals than Bournemouth this season, but Woodgate’s team have won just one of their last seven away league games.
Saturday’s clash will therefore be an intriguing battle, as QPR’s victory over Brentford was only their second win in their last eight matches on Loftus Road and only five league teams have scored fewer goals at home this season.
Bournemouth have won just two of their last 13 meetings with QPR and won their last win in West London in 1959, while this season’s reverse clash ended 0-0 in October.
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Warburton has named the same team in the last two QPR games and has secured wins in both, so he may be tempted to remain unchanged again.
However, Field will be in contention to start after leaving the bench to score against Brentford, with the 22-year-old potentially replacing Dominic Ball in the midfield.
January Signature Companion Jordy de Wijs is not yet fit enough to present, while Luke Amos and Charlie Owens have been absent for a long time.
Jack Wilshere is in contention to return to the Bournemouth lineup after being rested against Rotherham, while David Brooks you can also start after playing as a reserve on Wednesday.
Chris Mepham is fit again, but it can be tricky for him to dislodge Cameron Carter-Vickers in the center of defense, as the American helped to keep three games without conceding goals in the last three games.
Possible initial lineup for Queens Park Rangers:
Dieng; Cameron, Dickie, Barbet; Kane, Field, Johansen, Wallace; Chair; Austin, Dykes
Possible starting lineup for Bournemouth:
Begovic; Smith, Carter-Vickers, Kelly, Rico; Wilshere, Billing, L. Cook; Stanislas, Sturridge, Brooks
Probability: Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Bournemouth
Both teams are in strong form, so this is a difficult bet. A few months ago, Bournemouth was a big favorite, but you should not underestimate QPR, especially after Hoops won over Brentford, and we believe this game will end in a draw.
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