2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 21 – Sunday

QPR welcome Stoke City to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in a huge Sky Bet Championship clash as both teams fight for a play-off spot.

Victory will see QPR reclaim third in the table whereas Stoke can climb to sixth with a win.

 

Team News

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Lee Wallace is a doubt for QPR after suffering a hamstring injury in Monday’s win at Derby.

Jordy De Wijs (calf) and Sam McCallum (hamstring) remain ruled out indefinitely.

Stoke could welcome Sam Clucas (quad) and Abdallah Sima (ankle) back into contention in West London.

Joe Bursik (muscle), Jordan Thompson, Harry Souttar (both knee), Sam Surridge (suspension) and Nick Powell (leg) are ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • QPR have lost just one of their last eight matches against Stoke (W3, D4, L1).
  • Stoke have won just one of their last eight trips to QPR (W1, D4, L3).
  • Two of the last three meetings between QPR and Stoke in West London have finished goalless.
  • QPR have conceded just once in their last four home league matches (W3, D1).
  • Each of Stoke’s last three away matches have finished 1-0 with the Potters winning two of those three matches.

 

Prediction

Having conceded first at Derby on Monday evening, QPR showed excellent spirit to fight back after half-time to extend their unbeaten run to six matches but they need to kick on here if they are to close the gap towards automatic promotion and maintain their recent defensive progress.

Stoke though have developed into a strong attacking team under Michael O’Neill in last two years and their 3-5-2 formation certainly will underline an attacking intent coming into this match, although the Potters made small defensive errors in their last two games so tightening up is a must.

On that note, this certainly should be an intriguing match tactically because QPR will come here full of attacking threat with a front three, which could prove the difference against Stoke’s back three but the Potters are no pushovers.

In the end, QPR’s firepower though should prove the difference if Lyndon Dykes and Andre Gray can find their scoring boots.

Prediction: QPR 1-0 Stoke

Result: QPR 0-2 Stoke

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