QPR banking on Pride Park record to defeat Derby
QPR face another promotion rival in their quest to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking when they travel to Derby County.
Steve McClaren’s Rams start as 11/8 favourites for a home win here and are 9/4 to go up, despite only having one win in their last seven meetings with the Hoops.
West London outfit QPR are odds-on for promotion at 4/9 and 2/1 shots to take three points that would see them climb back above Burnley into the automatic promotion places. A draw here is 9/4.
Both sides come into this crunch Championship clash off the back of thrilling 3-3 draws, unbeaten in their last four and next to each other in the table.
Harry Redknapp’s Hoops twice lost the lead against Burnley, but battled back despite losing winger Matty Phillips to injury.
Phillips joins QPR top-scorer Charlie Austin on the sidelines, yet deadline-day arrivals have softened the blow.
Kevin Doyle and Mobido Maiga, who came off the bench, both bagged debut goals last time out.
Republic of Ireland international Doyle also showed signs of building a strike partnership with Andy Johnson after suffering back-to-back relegations with Wolves.
Doyle and Johnson are both 13/8 to score at anytime, while Maiga is a 15/8 chance.
County’s blistering form of seven straight wins and eight in nine after QPR won the reverse fixture 2-1 in early November has ebbed somewhat in the New Year, but their resolve has not.
The Rams have come from behind to take five points from the last nine available, with Chelsea loan star Patrick Bamford netting four in his last four.
Despite this purple patch, Coral offer great odds of 6/4 on Bamford to score at anytime.
It is very hard, however, to look past Derby’s poor recent record against the Hoops.
QPR have won three of the last five meetings at Pride Park, and Derby have not beaten them at home since moving from the Baseball Ground.
McClaren’s men surrendered half-time leads in both of the last two encounters in this fixture under predecessor Nigel Clough.
Odds of 12/1 on County being in front at the break and failing to win are thus hugely attractive.