- QPR hit 67 goals last term and started this season brightly
- However, the Rs conceded 76 times last term
- Both teams have scored in four of QPR’s last five games
Coventry head back to Birmingham
Coventry’s return to the Championship saw them lose at Bristol City on Saturday, a result they followed with an EFL Cup defeat on penalties at Gillingham. Now the Sky Blues play their first home game of the season, although they aren’t really at home. They are still playing their games at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s Stadium.
That didn’t impact the Sky Blues too much last term when they produced some impressive results in their home matches. However, can they pick up a result as they return to the ground for the first time since March?
QPR looking sharp
The visitors head to this clash on the back of an impressive win over Nottingham Forest. While the Rs lost key man Eberechi Eze in the summer, they looked sharp up top in their 2-0 win over Forest. New signing Lyndon Dykes hit the opener for Ilias Chair – who is expected to step up without Eze – fired in the second.
QPR were a great side to watch last season, as they scored an impressive 67 goals but had one of the worst defences in the league, shipping 76 goals. They have done little to boost their backline but clearly have options in attack, so the Rs are likely to be the league’s entertainers once again. We can see that in their recent games, with both teams scoring in four of their last five competitive matches.
Rs picking up
The visitors were dreadful during the restart, but their late flourish means they are now four games unbeaten, although that run has produced just one clean sheet. While the visitors may not be the most solid at the back still, they are starting to impress. Away to a Coventry side playing in a rented stadium with no fans in support you have to say that the Rs have a good chance of getting something.
The Sky Blues have scored in all three of their games so far, with the last two seeing both teams score. They failed to keep a clean sheet through six preseason friendlies and they won’t be nearly as solid as last term against Championship opposition. However, Coventry were able to create 16 chances at playoff hopefuls Bristol City, so we are backing both teams to score here. With the Rs going four unbeaten in the league, our correct score prediction is a 1-1 draw.