2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 18 – Friday

QPR welcome Luton Town to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in Friday Night Football, as the Sky Bet Championship returns from the final international break of 2021. 

Victory will lift QPR up to fifth in the table whereas Luton can leapfrog the Hoops into sixth with a win until Saturday afternoon at minimum.

 

Team News

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Lee Wallace could feature for QPR if he is deemed match fit after missing the last three months with a hamstring injury.

Sam Field (knee) could also return alongside Jordy de Wijs (calf) and Andre Gray (knock) but Sam McCallum (hamstring) is still ruled out.

Luton have no fresh injury concerns to report as Luke Berry remains sidelined with a knee injury.

 

Stat Attack

  • QPR are unbeaten in their last six Championship meetings against Luton (W5, D1).
  • Luton have lost all four previous Championship visits to QPR (L4), despite scoring twice in two of their last three trips.
  • QPR have picked up the first yellow card in each of their last six home matches in the Sky Bet Championship, of which they went on to collect 11 yellow cards at home in that period.
  • Luton have won just one of their last five matches on return from international breaks (W1, D2, L2).
  • QPR won their only previous match this season refereed by Matthew Donohue – winning 3-0 away at Hull in August.

 

Prediction

Mark Warburton will be relieved to have had this international break after his QPR team saw a drop in consistency across the last month, which saw them only take eight points from six matches yet are lucky to still be inside the top six.

I therefore hope that QPR can get back to their best quickly because the automatic promotion fight is quickly getting beyond their grasp, which is something which they are capable of if they can rediscover their consistency and sort out their defensive issues.

Luton meanwhile will certainly pose a challenge given their fighting spirit and unity on top of strong attacking intent across the pitch, although the Hatters will be keen to bounce back after narrowly losing to Stoke last time out in a scrappy contest where the Potters were just more clinical.

On that note, I can see a tough contest here because both teams have the quality to trouble one another so a score draw would be a decent result, otherwise I fancy Luton get the win here purely on their stronger quality at present.

Prediction: QPR 1-1 Luton

Result: QPR 2-0 Luton

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