Queens Park Rangers Tipped To Suffer Disappointment In Relegation Battle

Queens Park Rangers face a daunting trip to the King Power Stadium this weekend and one EFL pundit believes Marti Cifuentes’ side will come away disappointed on Saturday afternoon.

Despite spending the majority of the campaign inside the Championship relegation zone, QPR have stepped up their performances in recent weeks, picking up three wins across their last five league outings, including away victories over Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City.

Last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Loftus Road against bottom-of-the-table Rotherham United lifted the club outside the drop zone for the first time since September. Furthermore, Cifuentes’ points per game rate jumped to 1.35 which would leave the London club on 51 points if this continues for the remainder of the campaign, a number that could be enough to guarantee survival in England’s second tier.

Meanwhile, Leicester are on a poor run of form for the standards that they have set this term. The Foxes have lost two consecutive games in the Championship but managed to save face by knocking Premier League outfit Bournemouth out of the FA Cup in midweek with a 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.

Coincidentally, the last time these two clubs met was back in October. Enzo Maresca’s league leaders came away with all three points at Loftus Road in what was Gareth Ainsworth’s final game in the dugout before his dismissal.

Nevertheless, despite recent form, ex-Leeds United man David Prutton believes Queens Park Rangers will suffer at the hands of the former Premier League champions once more during their visit to Leicestershire tomorrow.

Writing in his Championship predictions column for Sky Sports, Prutton has predicted a 3-1 win for the home side:

“Back-to-back defeats for Leicester City! They will not quite know how they lost against Leeds, but they did and there are now just six points between themselves and third. The gap has not been that small in a long time.

“QPR are out of the bottom three, which is huge for them. It is the first time they have been above the dotted line since September, and they may be arriving at the King Power at a good time. But Leicester should still be too strong, and they never stay down for long.”

Writer’s View

Queens Park Rangers couldn’t have picked a better time to face Leicester in the season, especially after Maresca’s men have lost two from two in the league, including a surprise home defeat to a highly-inconsistent Middlesbrough.

There is certainly a chance that Cifuentes’ men come away with a result from the game. However, with Stoke City below them facing Boro and Leeds over the coming days, losing to the Foxes won’t be the end of the world.


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