The match is over. Score: 2-2. Aston Villa 87/100 | Draw 13/5 | Queens Park Rangers 301/100 Bet Now With Royal Panda Predictions | Betting Tips | Odds | Statistics When two play-off hopeful teams meet, sparks often fly. There’s no reason to think Aston Villa – QPR will be any different. Predictions While results have been shaky and inconsistent, the hiring of Dean Smith has done exactly what it was supposed to –revitalise a downtrodden club. Their opponents, QPR, have been surprisingly loving life under Steve McClaren and are just two points outside of the play-off places. For Villa this season, scoring goals has been the least of their worries. The Midlands club is second in the Championship for goals scored with 46 in 24 games. The problem lies at the other end of the pitch with an eye watering 37 goals conceded, ranking them as the sixth worst defence in the division. QPR, however, are the league’s equivalent to vanilla. They’ve scored 31 goals this season and conceded 32, meaning they’re both near enough middle of pack in both standings and are neither here nor there. McClaren has built The Hoops to be a sensible and pragmatic side which can get you play-off football in the right season. Their trip to Villa Park may be a tough task considering the goalscoring form the home side are in, it should be enough to see them beat QPR and entertain a neutral as well – 3-2 Villa. Betting Tips Over 2.5 goals There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Aston Villa’s last four home games and in seven of QPR’s last eight Championship games. Along with Smith’s side scoring at least two goals in their last five home matches, both sides are often involved in affairs with tons of goals. Aston Villa to win and both teams to score The home side are yet to fix their defence under Dean Smith but their attack is sure to see them through this one. However, it’s unlikely to be without conceding a goal along the way. Odds 1 x 2 Odds Aston Villa Draw Queens Park Rangers 87/100 13/5 301/100 3/4 27/10 7/2 5/6 13/5 16/5 Statistics Head to Head The two sides have amassed quite a notable history despite spending a considerable amount of time in different leagues. Since the 1975-76 season, they’ve faced off 45 times and the spoils have often been split. QPR have been the most victorious over those 45 games with 19 wins, while Villa have picked up 16 victories as well as 10 draws. Stats Aston Villa rank third in the Championship for shots on target per game with 5.1, only trailing Brentford and Norwich. No side in England’s second tier commit more fouls per game than QPR with 15. Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has been on the receiving end of more Only one player (Mark Beevers) averages more clearances per game than QPR defender Toni Leistner’s 7.7 Aston Villa 87/100 | Draw 13/5 | Queens Park Rangers 30/100 Bet Now With Royal Panda More EFL Cup Predictions here.