This Saturday sees Queens Park Rangers visit the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in the Football League Championship.
It was a difficult start to the season for QPR as they suffered defeat in each of their first four league games whilst conceding thirteen goals in the process and this led to the team and their manager, Steve McClaren facing a lot of criticism.
However, they have since steadied the ship and have picked up ten points in their last five games and only conceded two goals in these games.
Swansea have made a solid start to the season. Graham Potter has certainly brought solidity and organisation to the defence and this is shown by Swansea currently having the second best defence in the Championship behind Middlesbrough.
It is going forward that Swansea have struggled and they have failed to score in five of their last six league and cup games as they have felt the absence of Bersant Celina, Leroy Fer and Jefferson Montero.
Swans vs QPR Head to Head Stats
Last three meetings at the Liberty Stadium:
02/12/2014: Premier League: Swans 2-0 QPR
09/02/2013: Premier League: Swans 4-1 QPR
27/12/2011: Premier League: Swans 1-1 QPR
Full head to head record at the Vetch Field and Liberty Stadium:
Games played: 22
Swans wins: 12
QPR wins: 7
Swans Goals: 38
QPR Goals: 21
You can take a look at all of the historical results between the two clubs, since 1914, on our Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers Head to Head Statistics page.
Swans vs QPR Match Predictions
As I have already said, both of these sides are very organised and it is difficult to see many goals coming in the game.
There are two ways to approach this in that you can either bet on the game having under 2.5 goals which is available at 5/8 (1.63) or one or both teams not to score in the game which is available at 10/13 (1.77).
Personally, I prefer the under 2.5 goals option at the slightly shorter odds.
At the time of writing it appears that Swansea could be boosted by the return of Celina and Fer for the game.
However, with both coming back from injury and with three games for the Swans coming over the space of eight days I would be surprised to see either start the game and would expect both to instead make an impact from the bench.
With this in mind I do feel odds of 19/4 (5.75) are tempting for the game being drawn at half time and then Swansea going on to win at full time as I would expect the Swans to improve in the second half and have more creativity with the introduction of the pair.
Finally, for fans of the First Goalscorer bet then I would look no further than Oli McBurnie who is available at 5/1 (6.00) to open the scoring.
Oli has notched thirteen goals in twenty six appearances at Championship level for Barnsley and Swansea and even though he hasn’t netted in three games it must be remembered that the games against Nottingham Forest and away trips to Stoke and Middlesbrough which are more difficult than the average games at this level.
Whilst meaning no disrespect to QPR they are not as strong as the last three teams Oli has faced and with the Swans hopeful of one or two creative players returning then I think we will see Oli get back amongst the goals this weekend.
Under 2.5 goals: 5/8 (1.63) with Blacktype.
Draw at half time/Swansea win full time: 19/4 (5.75) with BetVictor.
First Goalscorer: Oli McBurnie at 5/1 (6.00) with 888Sport, BetFred, Betway, BetBright and Unibet.
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