Bristol City

V

Ashton Gate

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Queens Park Rangers

V

Ashton Gate

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Championship surprise package Bristol City host middling QPR with a top six berth a realistic target.

Last time: Bobby Reid netted a late penalty to cancel out Aden Flint’s first-half own goal. The draw halted a run of five wins in all competitions for the Robins.

This time: Bristol City are 10/11 for the win, while QPR are 3/1 and the draw is 5/2.

You might remember: Jamie Paterson decisive goal last season which proved priceless in the race for survival. Lee Johnson’s men avoided the drop by a mere three points and have been transformed this time around.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Bristol City have been the Championship’s surprise package this season

After the euphoria of knocking out Carabao Cup holders Manchester United at Ashton Gate, the Robins have since endured a mini slump. Johnson’s side have failed to win any of their last six matches in all competitions and need to refocus if they are to secure a play-off spot.

Competition is hotting up at the top of the table and with Aston Villa and Derby flexing their financial muscle, every point will be valuable from now until the end of the season. The hosts are 10/11 to come away with the spoils and reaffirm themselves in the chasing pack.

QPR are 3/1 to get back to winnings ways and it’s been a mixed bag from Holloway’s side of late. The Hoops beat much fancied Cardiff on New Year’s Day but lost two of the three matches to follow. First choice attacker Conor Washington only has strike to his name from the last 11 appearances and could be at risk if Holloway opts to freshen things up. Top scorer Matt Smith would be the likely inclusion in the eleven.

A stalemate is backed at 5/2, and has promise. Four of the last seven meetings between the teams has ended in a draw, and the visitors will fancy their chances of stopping another promotion hopeful in their tracks.

Famara Diedhiou is 12/1 to net last, and this looks a good bet considering the hitman will get a late run out in the dying stages. Diedhiou is not quite ready to start from the opening whistle but the much needed game time will go a long way to bolstering Johnson’s options for the remainder of the season.

Smith is 37/13 to bag anytime, and there is value here particularly if the burly forward plays from the offset. QPR may opt for the long ball and the battle between Smith and Flint promises to be a fascinating battle.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Reid to add to his tally for the year. The 24-year-old is 4/1 to open proceedings.

2

We fancy:

Bristol City to win to nil at 10/1. The home side play an attractive brand of football and will be too strong for QPR if they register early on.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Flint to score a brace. The giant defender already has six to his name and notched a career best 15 in the 2014-15 season. The Englishman is 25/1 to make his mark at the other end of the pitch.

Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.