20:00 Friday

QPR vs Reading Stats

  • The hosts have scored at least two goals in three of their previous five meetings with Reading at Loftus Road
  • Only Rotherham have scored fewer league away goals than Reading (two) coming into the round
  • Reading have conceded a goal or less in seven of their last nine league games

 

QPR vs Reading Tips

Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score - No

The hosts come into this one fresh off the back of a hard-earned victory away at Sheffield United and boss Michael Beale said it required “a lot of blood, guts and hard yards” to achieve victory.

They were dominated for large parts of that game but remained resolute and clung on for the win. Now, their focus turns to third-place Reading and if QPR can get the win here, they will leap-frog their opponents.

Visitors Reading are the best home team in the division, but that form does not translate on the road as evident by the fact that just six of their total 22 points have come on the road. It’s quite alarming that only Rotherham have scored fewer away goals than the Royals and they may struggle to breach a QPR outfit that have gone unbeaten in four of their five home league outings.

Football is about momentum and currently, it’s the hosts that are riding that wave and they’ll be confident of prolonging Reading’s away misery at Loftus Road.

Both teams to score no has successfully landed in all five of Reading’s away games so far and that looks a good price to continue here at 21/20.

Both teams to score - No - 1pt @ 21/20

Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals

In a similar pattern of thinking to the first pick, goals look as though they will be in short supply on Friday night.

As previously mentioned, the Royals have only managed to score twice in their five away league matches and creativity has been a consistent problem. They rank in the bottom five for average shots per away game and it seems unlikely that Paul Ince’s men will suddenly create openings.

Three of QPR’s last five home matches have produced fewer than three goals in total and given these two sides are both fighting it out for the playoff spots in the early stages of the season, we can expect a closely fought encounter.

Reading have conceded just one goal or fewer in seven of their last nine league matches, and I think this match could be decided by a single goal. QPR top scorer Chris Willock (six goals) is injured for this one. His creativity and goal-scoring prowess will be a big loss for the hosts and it’s another reason why the unders look the way to go.

Under 2.5 Goals - 1pt @ 10/11