Cardiff v QPR - Sunday 15:00
Emyr Huws goes straight into the Cardiff squad after completing a permanent transfer from Wigan on Friday but the midfielder’s inclusion is unlikely to solve Paul Trollope’s chief problem right now, which is scoring goals. The Bluebirds have played 210 minutes so far and their best efforts have mainly come from distance.
The first 205 minutes were frustrating but relatively acceptable. Such is football, though, Chris Lines’ wonder strike for Bristol Rovers in the latter stages of extra time on Thursday changes the complexion. Suddenly, the heat is being turned up and Trollope is going to be judged more on what Cardiff do with the ball. A solid shape and swathes of possession isn’t enough.
As such, they might be liable to overcommit against a tidy QPR side currently operating under the radar. If the Londoners measure up to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s high standards at Burton, then a genuine play-off charge could be on the cards and the away win is the call in the Welsh capital at attractive odds of 5/2.
The R’s are nothing spectacular but Hasselbaink’s is a shrewd operator. If a game is there to be won, he’ll invariably find a way to win it. Rangers were rarely troubled by a dishevelled Leeds side last weekend, and they might be rarely troubled here. If the visitors force the breakthrough, a breakaway second goal is perfectly feasible. Take the 17/1 on QPR to win 2-0.