All roads will be leading to Loftus Road Stadium when Championship strugglers Queens Park Rangers will be hosting Stoke City on Saturday March 9th 2019 at 15.00GMT. Of late, QPR has been totally out of form and have been having a hard time winning. They have won only 8 matches out of their 9 previous fixtures. Stoke City is not doing very well either but they seem to be improving.
The Hoops suffered a 3-0 defeat by Brentford last weekend adding more injury to its already painful wound. Despite their poor form of late, QPR is at number 18 in the table standings and their existence in the Championship is not yet threatened. With 8 defeats from their 9 fixtures puts their home win this weekend in doubt.
Stoke City defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 over the weekend thus proving its worth after a 5-match run without a win. They are expected to build on their improved performance as they face QPR who has lost form. At number 16, they are just 2 points ahead of their opponents.
Owing to the fact that it is just to points separating the two teams, this fixture is expected to be a close encounter. Just like they shared the spoils in their first leg of the season at Bet365 Stadium, this match will be expected to end in a draw as well. Their first leg match ended in a 2-2 score.
QPR vs. Stoke City Head to Head
The two teams QPR and Stoke City have held it against each other 17 times. Queens Park Rangers has managed to bag 8 wins while succumbing 6 times to Stoke City’s superiority. 3 of their matches ended in a draw. A look into their last most recent matches, here is how each team scored:
- Stoke 2-2 QPR
- QPR 3-0 Stoke
- Stoke 3-1 QPR
- QPR 2-2 Stoke
- QPR 0-2 Stoke
- Stoke 1-0 QPR
- QPR 1-0
- Stoke 2-3 QPR
Queens Park Rangers will be happy to have back Geoff Cameron who has been nursing an ankle injury and has been seen training. However, they will still miss the services of Angel Rangel who is still nursing a thigh injury.
Oghenekaro Etebo suffered a groin injury on 02/03/2019 and will be out of Stoke City’s squad for a while. Stoke will also miss the services of Ibrahim Afellay and Sam Vokes due to knee injury and groin strain respectively.
Prediction and Odds
Despite the fact that their positions in the Championship are not threatened, any continued losses can make things tougher for the two teams. Therefore, it is time for both teams to up their game and avoid the last minute struggle for a place in the Championship next season. Taking all things into consideration and owing to the fact that their first leg match ended in a tie, we expect things to remain the same come Saturday. Our best prediction for the match is as below:
- Both teams to score
- Under 2.5 goals on fulltime
- The match to end in a draw