In an all Championship FA Cup showdown in West London, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday will be hoping to book their spot in the fifth round of this year’s FA Cup when they meet at Loftus Road on Friday night.
Picking up what was a shock 1-0 victory over title contenders Leeds on home soil over the weekend, the Hoops have won three of their last four matches across all competitions and have their sights set on mounting a shock play-off charge.
On the flip side, while Sheffield Wednesday may have picked up their own equally shocking victory over Leeds earlier in the month, Gary Monk’s men came crashing back down to earth with a thumping 5-0 defeat at home against Blackburn last time out.
Along with now losing four of their last five matchups against Championship opposition, they also hold a worrying record against Friday’s hosts.
Hit with a 2-1 defeat when they faced off against QPR back in August, you might be interested to know that the Owls have lost their last four consecutive matches against the Hoops and a similar outcome can be found at 13/8 with Bet365.
Nahki Wells’ purple patch continues
While QPR may have been on the wrong end of a 3-1 hammering away at local rivals Brentford a fortnight ago, few across the Championship would have expected the Hoops’ stellar reply last weekend.
Picking up what was a deserved 1-0 victory over title contenders Leeds in West London, Mark Warburton’s men have won three of their last four and have a growing reputation for their performances in the final third.
Including bagging a remarkable 11 strikes in back-to-back victories over Cardiff and Swansea entering the New Year, Friday’s hosts somehow hold the second-best attacking record in the Championship despite being sat down in 14th.
One man who has continued to lead QPR’s recent revival has been the red-hot, Nahki Wells.
Bagging the winner against Leeds last weekend, the former Burnley striker has found the net in each of his last three appearances on the bounce, including a hat-trick against Cardiff on New Year’s Day.
You might be interested to know that Wells can be found priced at 8/5 with Ladbrokes to extend on that tally this week.
The Owls seeking a response
Although most around Sheffield would have seen their 2-0 win over Leeds as the perfect chance to kick-start their campaign, Gary Monk’s men put in a season-worst display last weekend.
Booed off by some around Hillsborough after being hit with a humiliating 5-0 hammering at home against Blackburn, Wednesday have now lost four of their last five Championship appearances, their worst run of the season.
While the former Swansea boss might find his side enduring their most testing period in the second-tier, Monk’s men should be boosted by their FA Cup fourth round performance earlier in the month.
Snatching a 1-0 win away at Premier League outfit Brighton, the Owls have landed back-to-back victories on their travels, including their 2-0 win away at Elland Road a fortnight ago.
You might be interested to know that Sheffield Wednesday can be found at 7/4 with William Hill to make it three consecutive away wins on Friday night.