EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

QPR vs Stoke City: Preview, team news and predicted line-up

QPR Stoke City, Six Sports

QPR welcome their knock-off rivals Stoke City in an EFL Championship fixture on Sunday. The two teams last faced each other in a Championship game back in May. The match ended in a 0-2 win for the then visiting side QPR through goals from Charlie Austin and Osman Kakay in either half.

The home side will be looking to continue their march towards the top 2 spots. They come into this game on a three-match win streak. They are one of the most in-form sides in the league.

The Hoops are currently 3rd on the table with 35 points, moving above West Bromwich Albion last week after the Baggies drew against Nottingham Forrest. QPR are 8 points behind the 2nd place with a game in hand.

QPR have gone six unbeaten in the league and seven unbeaten at home, winning five in the process. The draw between the two league leaders means the Hoops can go five points within the direct promotion spot. This would be an important game for them in the race for direct promotion.

The hoops have massively improved their defence in the recent games and as of now, have the best backline statistically, conceding only 16 goals in the league.

Queens Park Rangers EFL Championship form: W D W W W

Stoke City on the other hand, started the season quite well. But it has gone sideways for the Potters recently. They have lost five of their last nine league games.

The Potters sit 7th on the table with 31 points. They will be desperate to break through the knock-off spots. A win against QPR this Sunday will bring them only a point behind the home team.

This will be a huge game for Stoke and a win at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium will give them the morale boost to end the season in a knock-offs spot.

Stoke City EFL Championship form: W W W L L

QPR vs Stoke City: Team news

Queens Park Rangers

They could be without their first-choice left-back Lee Wallace who suffered a hamstring injury in their game against Derby County. Moses Odubajo could be his like for like replacement.

They would hope Andre Gray is fit enough to start this time around. He came off the bench in the last game to score the winner. He will probably replace Willock or Charlie Austin.

Jordy de Wijs and Sam McCallum could also miss the fixture due to injuries.

Possible QPR line-up

Dieng; Dickie, Dunne, Barbet; Adomah, Johansen, Dozzell, Odubajo; Chair; Gray, Willock

Stoke City

The Potters will be without star centre back Harry Souttar. Nick Powell will also not be available due to a injury he sustained against Bournemouth.

Joe Allen will be available for selection again after serving his ban. The Potters manager Michael O’Neil could give Steven Fletcher a star ahead of Jacob Brown or Campbell.

Ben Wilmot will also miss out the game as he was suspended after receiving his fifth booking against Blackburn Rovers.

Possible Stoke City line-up

Davies; Ostigard, Batth, Chester; Smith, Sawyers, Allen, Tymon; Vrancic; Brown, Campbell

Our prediction

QPR 2-1 Stoke City

The Hoops have the home advantage and they are on an amazing run of form. Stoke on the other hand have some key omissions and have lost 2 games on the turn coming into this game. The home team should have enough quality to come out of this game with all 3 points.

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