QPR v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Queens Park Rangers v Watford

FA Cup: Fri, 15/02  Stadium: Loftus Road Stadium

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Watford are a generous 10/11 to win in 90 minutes with Bet365, and given the current trajectory of both teams looks to be a good value bet. QPR have been shipping goals at the rate of knots in recent weeks, so over 2.5 goals at 21/20, also with Bet365 looks a realistic prospect. Betfair has Watford to win and over 2.5 goals at an interesting looking 21/10.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

QPR go head to head with London rivals Watford, as the FA Cup weekend kicks off with an intriguing clash at Loftus Road.

QPR playoffs hopes going up in smoke

QPR come into this fixture on the back of a disastrous run of form in the Championship, which has seen their hopes of making the playoffs places evaporate rapidly. The Hoops’ last league win came back on Boxing Day, and since then they gone eight games without a win in the Championship, a sequence that includes five successive defeats.

This damaging run has left them drifting out into mid-table mediocrity, as they currently sit twelve points outside the playoffs spots, but at least they can console themselves with the fact they are thirteen points clear of the relegation places. Their FA Cup run suddenly has taken on new meaning, and fans will be hoping manager Ian Holloway plays his strongest XI in light of the fact their promotion charge is over for another season at least.

Steady Watford eye Quarter Finals

QPR’s opponents on the other hand come into this game in robust form. With just one defeat in their last nine games in all competition, the Hornets have continued to impress under manager Javi Gracia. Their only defeat in that sequence was a 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, a match which they appeared they would get something out of for large periods.

With healthy competition for places all over the pitch, Gracia has been able to rotate his team through the demanding winter months and his side appear fresh and ready for a final push for a top eight Premier League spot and to reach the latter stages of the FA Cup. Having dispatched Woking and Newcastle United in the previous rounds with the minimum of fuss, they will fancy their chances of defeating QPR. Adding to the intrigue is the fact replays have been scrapped from the Fifth Round onward, so both teams will be playing for a result on Friday.

QPR’s danger men

The goals have been spread around for QPR this season, with no single player into double figures as we enter the final third of the season. Tall striker Matt Smith will be a familiar face to Oldham Athletic and Liverpool fans, having famously scored a double as the Latics shocked the Reds 3-2 back in the 2013 FA Cup. The frontman has failed to kick on since then, with spells at Leeds United and Fulham amongst others not working out as the 6ft 6in striker continues to ply his trade in and around the Championship. But with his height and physicality Watford will be wary of balls into the box and not be undone the same way Liverpool were famously caught out.

QPR’s other main threat also has some considerable cup pedigree – Bermuda striker Nahki Wells was part of the famous Bradford City team that reached the League Cup final in 2013, and scored in the first leg of the semi-final victory over then Premier League side Aston Villa. With eight goals in all competition, he is the Hoops’ top goalscorer, and his pace and movement could pose problems when complemented by the height of Matt Smith.

Watford to edge it

The old cliche that form goes out of the window in the FA Cup could apply here, certainly QPR will hope so given their current dismal run of form. But given Watford’s current run and the gulf in class between the two sides, the Hornets will be confident of getting the job done either in normal time or extra-time if required. QPR’s leaky defence is unlikely to be able to keep a Premier League side at bay, as witnessed by their last game where they were 4-0 down by half time at home to Birmingham City.

Watford are a generous 10/11 to win in 90 minutes with Bet365, and given the current trajectory of both teams looks to be a good value bet. QPR have been shipping goals at the rate of knots in recent weeks, so over 2.5 goals at 21/20, also with Bet365 looks a realistic prospect. Betfair has Watford to win and over 2.5 goals at an interesting looking 21/10.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

One Response

  1. Mike P says:

    Good call on the result, but not enough goals!

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