QPR vs Middlesbrough: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Playoff chasing Middlesbrough travel to Loftus Road to face a stuttering QPR team as both sides prepare for a packed festive period.
Form is a gift both sides could do with this Christmas as neither QPR or Middlesbrough has won a game in at least their last three outings.
However, under Steve McClaren the Hoops have improved significantly after a run of four straight defeats at the start of the campaign.
Now, the Hoops sit ten points clear of the drop zone whilst for the visitors the target is much different.
Promotion is the only thing on the mind of Boro boss Tony Pulis but he will have to overcome some questionable form of late in order to get the much needed three points.
Two draws and a defeat in Boro’s last three has put their promotion charge a little on hold but the squad will head to Loftus Road knowing they have won their last four meetings against QPR.
We may not be in for a football masterclass in this game but Boro have the better squad and impetus to get the job done.
Boro have also not gone on a four-game run without a win all season and considering Tony Pulis’s side have conceded only 14 goals all season (the least in the league) compared to QPR’s 31, expect a narrow 1-0 Middlesbrough win as they kick start their promotion charge once again.
- A Middlesbrough clean sheet
Boro have kept 11 clean sheets this season whilst conceding just seven goals on the road (the least in the Championship) whilst QPR have shipped 31 goals in total this season with a Boro clean sheet one of the smartest bets with UK’s betting sites for out and out value.
- Under 1.5 goals
Boro has been involved in seven games this season in which this bet would pay out and have also scored the least number of league goals of any side in the top 15 of the Championship.
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Head to Head
Boro are currently on a four-game winning streak over the Hoops taking all six points in the league last season with a 3-2 win at the Riverside and them claiming a thumping 3-0 victory at Loftus Road in January.
Overall the pair are locked together on 17 wins in meetings with each other whilst boasting a total of 15 draws since their first ever meeting in a February 1913 FA Cup tie in which Boro won 3-2.
- Middlesbrough have scored fewer goals than any team inside the top 15 in the Championship.
- Boro have also conceded the least number of goals on the road this season shipping just seven times.
- The pair first ever met in 1913 with Middlesbrough winning an FA Cup tie 3-2.
- QPR have kept a clean sheet in 33% of their games whilst Boro have managed to shut the opposition out 52% of the time.
- Between March 1972 and January 1982, QPR went on a 15 game unbeaten run against Middlesbrough.