Queens Park Rangers vs Luton Town Match Analysis & Prediction
29/12/2022 9:00 pm
Queens Park Rangers play host to Luton Town at Loftus Road on Thursday looking for a win that couls see them move back into the Championship playoff spots.
However, despite Luton sitting four points adrift of their seventh-placed hosts in the table, the Hatters could leapfrog QPR with a victory on Thursday.
Given all the uncertainty surrounding Michael Beale, it became increasingly obvious that QPR required a clean break from the speculation that came with the highly-rated manager who has since moved to Rangers.
Now with that scenario having been brought to a close, Neil Critchley has been brought in and delivered four points from two games, including successive clean sheets.
QPR had not kept back-to-back shutouts since the middle of September, and Critchely will feel that his side are in prime position to pounce on some of the teams above them losing their way.
However, form at Loftus Road will prove key, and the Hoops head into the contest having lost their three most recent matches on home turf.
Luton Town recently found themselves in a similar situation to QPR as Southampton made an approach to secure the services of Nathan Jones, who also took the opportunity to move to a bigger club.
His repalcement Rob Edwards has had to bide his team to get stuck into the role, but the wait was made worth it as Luton shook off a last-gasp defeat to Middlesbrough in his first game to be on the right end of a dramatic finale against Norwich City.
Despite being down to 10 men, Luton scored an 89th-minute winner through Cauley Woodrow, moving the club to just two points within their fifth-placed opponents.
With that victory just Luton’s second in eight matches, Edwards will not be getting carried away, but the result was a crucial step to trying to get supoorters onside after his previous spell at rivals Watford.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Luton Town Head to head
In the previous 38 meetings between these two teams across all competitions, QPR have claimed 15 victories while Luton have won 10, and they have drawn in 13. QPR have scored 52 goals and conceded 43 in the process.
12/01/2021Luton Town0Queens Park Rangers2Championship
08/05/2021Queens Park Rangers3Luton Town1Championship
19/11/2021Queens Park Rangers2Luton Town0Championship
13/03/2022Luton Town1Queens Park Rangers2Championship
15/10/2022Luton Town3Queens Park Rangers1Championship
Queens Park Rangers Team News
Critchly could decide to retain the same QPR XI for this contest, but he has plenty of alternatives now at his disposal.
Ilias Chair is in contention for a recall after representing Morocco at the World Cup, while Tyler Roberts and Luke Amos are also pushing for a return to the starting lineup.
Queens Park Rangers's Last 5 Matches
12/11/2022Coventry City2Queens Park Rangers0Championship
29/11/2022Queens Park Rangers2Livingston1Club Friendlies
11/12/2022Queens Park Rangers0Burnley3Championship
17/12/2022Preston North End0Queens Park Rangers1Championship
26/12/2022Cardiff City0Queens Park Rangers0Championship
Luton Town Team News
Luton Town will be without the services of defender Gabriel Osho after the defender was sent off for two yellow cards against Norwich.
With Amari’i Bell back in contention after his own one-game suspension, Edwards could make a straight swap, potentially moving Daniel Potts to the right-hand side of the back three.
Luton Town's Last 5 Matches
08/11/2022Stoke City2Luton Town0Championship
12/11/2022Luton Town1Rotherham United1Championship
26/12/2022Luton Town2Norwich City1Championship
Queens Park Rangers vs. Luton Town: Odds and Predictions
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