Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield United Match Analysis & Prediction
02/01/2023 11:00 pm
Sheffield United will be looking to build on their impressive run of form in the Championship when the begin 2023 with an away trip to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.
After picking up four points from his first two matches in charge of QPR, newly-appointed manager Neil Critchley suffered his first defeat when his side were beaten 3-0 at home by Luton on Thursday.
QPR have now lost each of their last four league matches at Loftus Road and they have slipped down to 13th place in the table, but just two points separate them from Sunderland in fourth.
A victory on Monday could see them climb back into playoff spots, and they should be confident of success having already beaten Sheffield United this season, with a goal from Chris Willock securing a 1-0 away win in October.
The R’s will be looking to do the double over the Blades for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign under former manager Neil Warnock, who managed both sides during his esteemed coaching career.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United have won eight of their last league matches, including each of their last five, and have put themselves in a strong position to secure at least an automatic promotion spot this season.
Paul Heckingbottom’s side claimed a 2-1 victory away at Blackpool in their most recent game on Thursday, with Sander Berge and James McAtee both on the scoresheet to help them move 11 points clear of Blackburn Rovers in third.
The Blades are now battling Burnley in what has shaped out to be a two-horse race for the Championship title, and Sheffield United are tasked with narrowing the three-point gap to the Clarets at the summit.
The South Yorkshire outfit have lost their opening league match in each of the last three calender years and all three came by a 2-0 scoreline away from home. However, they have won their last two encounters at Loftus Road and will fancy their chances of continuing their fine form in 2023.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Sheffield United Head to head
In the previous 46 meetings between these two teams, QPR have claimed 14 victories while Sheffield United have won 16, and they have drawn in 16. Sheffield United have scored 56 goals and conceded 52 in the process.
11/08/2018Queens Park Rangers1Sheffield United2Championship
12/01/2019Sheffield United1Queens Park Rangers0Championship
05/04/2022Sheffield United1Queens Park Rangers0Championship
29/04/2022Queens Park Rangers1Sheffield United3Championship
04/10/2022Sheffield United0Queens Park Rangers1Championship
Queens Park Rangers Team News
QPR’s Stefan Johansen and Leon Balogun are yet to feature under Critchley due to respective calf and heel injuries and they are unlikely to recover in time to face Sheffield United.
Andre Dozzell and Jake Clarke-Salter are both doubtful after missing the defeat against Luton through illness and they will be assessed ahead of kickoff on Monday.
Queens Park Rangers's Last 5 Matches
29/11/2022Queens Park Rangers2Livingston1Club Friendlies
11/12/2022Queens Park Rangers0Burnley3Championship
17/12/2022Preston North End0Queens Park Rangers1Championship
26/12/2022Cardiff City0Queens Park Rangers0Championship
29/12/2022Queens Park Rangers0Luton Town3Championship
Sheffield United Team News
Rhian Brewster and Rhys Norrington-Davies are both missing out for Sheffield United with hamstring injuries, while John Fleck and Ismaila Coulibaly are absent with leg and knee issues respectively.
However, the Blades will welcome back John Egan from suspension to slot into the back three alongside Ciaran Clark and Anel Ahmedhodzic.
Sheffield United's Last 5 Matches
12/11/2022Cardiff City0Sheffield United1Championship
10/12/2022Sheffield United1Huddersfield Town0Championship
19/12/2022Wigan Athletic1Sheffield United2Championship
26/12/2022Sheffield United3Coventry City1Championship
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