QPR vs Aston Villa: Steve McClaren’s side head into this game as the slight favourites as the two sides battle it out in the middle of the Championship.
QPR vs Aston Villa match preview
McClaren endured a disastrous start to life as QPR manager after losing his opening four Championship games, including a 7-1 thumping from West Brom.
But they now find themselves in the top half of the table after Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday continued their unbeaten run to four games (W3 D1).
And in that time the R’s have kept three clean sheets thanks to the impressive Joe Lumley between the sticks.
McClaren named an unchanged XI against Wednesday from the weekend’s win at Ipswich, but may be forced into some changes for their third game in seven days.
Aston Villa got off to the best start under new manager Dean Smith as they beat Swansea 1-0 at Villa Park, but they were unable to follow it up with a 2-1 defeat away at Norwich in midweek.
And their away form has been nothing short of diabolical this season. They beat second-from-bottom Hull at the KC Stadium in their opening game but have failed to win in their last six (D3 L3).
But they have found the back of the net in every game away from home and took the lead in their last two defeats.
QPR vs Aston Villa team news
QPR will be without injured duo Olamide Shodipo and Darnell Furlong, while Sean Goss is considered a doubt for the visit of Aston Villa.
Striker Nakhi Wells could earn a place in McClaren’s first-team after he came off the bench against Sheffield Wednesday to score their third goal.
Villa could be without on-loan striker Tammy Abraham after he was forced in their defeat to Norwich with a head injury, which could see a return for fit-again Scott Hogan.
Mile Jedinak is back in contention after making Villa’s bench for their last two games, while summer signing John McGinn is available once again after suspension.
Young forward Keinan Davis, who is yet to make a senior appearance this season with a groin injury, is still a doubt for the visitors.
QPR vs Aston Villa head-to-head
Villa boast the better record since their relegation from the Premier League in the 2015/16 campaign.
The Midlands outfit have won three of their four Championship games, but QPR came out on top with a 3-1 win in their last meeting at Villa Park back in March.
QPR vs Aston Villa form
Last six competitive matches
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QPR vs Aston Villa prediction
The hosts have been inconsistent to say the least this season, but we’re backing them to continue their impressive run of form. You can back QPR to beat Aston Villa at 8/5 with Novibet.
Both teams to score also seems like a safe shout, which is at 8/11.