Preston North End vs QPREngland Championship, KO: 20:00 Dec 1, 2023, Deepdale
Preston North End will be aiming to maintain their push for a playoff spot as they welcome QPR to Deepdale for a Friday night Championship fixture. With QPR looking out of sorts on their recent travels, Preston will be confident of coming out on top in this one.
Preston North End are coming off a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in their previous Championship fixture. They were second best in every department at the Riverside Stadium and finished with just a single attempt on target throughout the encounter.
That result highlights Preston North End’s erratic showings in recent weeks as they have claimed just two wins in their last 10 matches across all competitions. Despite their struggles, Ryan Lowe’s men remain just one point off the playoff places and can climb to sixth if results go their way this weekend.
Preston North End will head into Friday’s clash counting on a decent home record at Deepdale as they are unbeaten in seven of their last nine home matches, claiming five wins in that run. However, defending remains a problem as they have failed to keep a single clean sheet in front of their fans thus season.
QPR were victorious in their previous Championship fixture as they triumphed 4-2 over Stoke City. Lyndon Dykes netted a brace while a Ben Pearson own-goal and a Chris Willock injury time effort helped them to all three points.
That was a much needed victory as they ended a run of 12 matches without a win for QPR, who had suffered eight defeats in that run. However, the result had little effect on their league position as they remain in the relegation zone, three points from safety.
While it has been an all-round disappointing campaign for QPR so far, a major problem is their abysmal record on their travels. Marti Cifuentes’ men are winless in their last six away matches, suffering four defeats in that run.
How the bookies view it
Preston North End have the upper hand among the bookies with a home win priced at evens with Paddy Power. A victory for QPR is valued at 3/1 by Betfred while Unibet is offering odds of 13/5 for a draw.
Head to head
Preston North End have a 14-8 advantage with 10 draws from 32 previous matches against QPR. The Lilywhites have won two of the last three meetings, including a 2-0 victory in a Championship fixture back in April.
Players to watch
Milutin Osmajic has caught the eye in recent weeks and will be the one to watch for Preston North End. The attacker has found the net in the last three home matches and is priced at 5/2 by Paddy Power to maintain his scoring run on Friday.
Lyndon Dykes finally got off the mark for QPR this season with his brace last time out against Stoke City. The striker will be looking to go on a run and could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime on Friday at 10/3 with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
Preston North End have seen over 3.5 goals in two of their last three home matches and could be set for a repeat at 20/10 by BetVictor. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at evens with BoyleSports while Unibet is offering odds of 17/20 on both teams to score.
There have been more goals after the break in the last four meetings between both teams and Friday’s clash could be tipped to follow a similar pattern at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
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