Sheffield United

V

Bramall Lane

20/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

Queens Park Rangers

V

Bramall Lane

20/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Sheffield United host QPR, with 10 points and a game in hand over their opposition.

Last time: Rangers came out on top when the two sides met back in October, with a 4th minute goal from Idrissa Sylla doing the damage.

This time: Sheffield are 3/4 to win, QPR 17/4 and a draw 11/4.

You might remember: Sheffield’s 3-0 away win over QPR in January 2015, with a brace from Jamal Campbell-Ryce adding to Marc Mcnultie’s first half goal.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Leon Clarke has found goals harder to come by lately but remains United’s main threat

The two sides are in similar form coming into this fixture, with Sheffield looking to overcome their disappointing, narrow defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup. QPR’s have won half of their last six league matches, although they have all come against bottom five opposition.

Sheffield are 3/4 to win, with their only two league defeats since the turn of the year coming against two of the Championship’s top three. In Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp they have the League’s most prolific strike pairing, who will enjoy playing against a leaky QPR defence.

QPR are 17/4 to win, and will take solace in the fact that they beat their opposition in the reverse fixture. Unfortunately, they are without their match-winner, Sylla, this Tuesday and instead rely on their own front two Matt Smith and Connor Washington.

A draw is 11/4 and would be a great result for QPR, if less so for Sheffield. The Blades haven’t drawn since the derby over a month ago, and will need all three points to keep them in the race for the play-offs.

Leon Clarke is 7/5 to score, despite going through somewhat of a goal-drought recently. The English forward is without a goal in five, and will be desperate to break his duck to keep up with Mattias Vydra.

Matt Smith is QPR’s most likely goalscorer at 18/5. The target man was man of the match in his last game against Bolton, providing a goal and an assist, meaning that he has contributed to 10 goals this season, despite just eight starts.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Billy Sharp. Leon Clark’s missing shooting boots would normally be a concern, if it were not for the form of his strike partner Billy Sharp. The Englishman has scored three in his last two games, and is doing his part to keep Wilder’s side in the hunt for promotion.

Sharp is 13/8 to score anytime.

2

We fancy:

Sheffield to win and Sharp to score two at 18/1. Sharp is the in-form player going into the game, and with QPR’s defensive struggling against the bigger team, he should be able to fire his team to victory.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Sheffield United to have a player sent off at 9/1. The Blades have seen six red cards this season the fourth most in the league.

Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.