Queens Park Rangers

V

Loftus Road

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Barnsley

V

Loftus Road

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Barnsley will be looking to get themselves away from any potential relegation trouble with QPR looking to quash any doubts of relegation themselves.

Last time: Last time out at Oakwell, a 1-1 draw was the order of the day and once again showed that neither side are adept at keeping clean sheets.

This time: QPR to win is at evens, while an away win is priced at 13/5 and a draw is 12/5.

You might remember: Luke Freeman grabbed a late equaliser in the last meeting between these two, after Harvey Barnes had put Barnsley ahead in the first half.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

QPR’s form at Loftus Road has been decidely mixed in recent weeks

Both sides aren’t exactly coming into this one in a rich vein of form, but with QPR at home in front of their fans at Loftus Road, they could put up a spirited effort to gain their first home victory since beating Cardiff 2-1 on New Year’s Day.

The gap between QPR and the relegation spots may be seven points, but a loss against a team like Barnsley – who are only one point off safety as it is – could change the Hoops’ expectations and goals overnight. A win for QPR would perhaps springboard them to move away from any potential danger, but the best score you could perhaps hope for if you’re an R’s fan would be a convincing 2-0 win, which you could get at 8/1.

Barnsley meanwhile will be extremely focused on gaining their first away win since New Year’s Day, and a repeat of their 1-0 win over Sunderland that day is priced at 12/1. New loan signing from Swansea Ollie McBurnie looks set to make his debut and play some part in this fixture, and he’s 11/5 to score at any time and 7/1 to score the final goal of the game. His appearances in the Premier League show he can be a danger to opposition defenders and could capitalise on QPR’s weak defence.

The Hoops haven’t kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day, so if you fancy a draw with both teams to score, that is at 16/5. A score draw does seem like a good option, but the best price is a 1-1 at 6/1, but also a 0-0 is at 9/1 which could actually shock a few people.

If a big man is needed to shake up the game a bit, look no further than Matt Smith. He’s often scored important goals for QPR, and is 9/2 to score first and 7/5 to score at any time.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The game to be 0-0 at half time. QPR at home can often start in quite cagey fashion, so a goalless score at half time is priced at 7/4.

2

We fancy:

QPR to come from behind and win at 8/1. It would be very fitting for how both of these sides’ seasons have gone so far, which means there’s a decent chance that the home side will claw victory from the jaws of defeat.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

A penalty could be awarded in the first five minutes, which if you fancy being a bit lucky and want a long shot is at 20/1.

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Written by Tom Scholes

Tom Scholes is a huge sports fan with football and baseball his main passions. He follows football in England, France, Italy and the USA and when he’s not busy writing, Tom is usually making short documentaries or teaching music and history.