Aston Villa vs QPR
Date: Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham).
QPR host Aston Villa in a true six-pointer between fellow play-off hopefuls on the first day of 2019. There is just one point separating the two sides at eighth and ninth place in the Championship ladder. A win here would be a massive confidence boost for either team.
The hosts couldn’t back up the 0-1 win at Swansea at the weekend when they drew 1-1 away at Preston North End. The Lions got in front moments before the break when their top scorer Tammy Abraham took his league tally to 14 after heading Glenn Whelan’s corner into the back of the net. However, Villa failed to hold on to the lead as defender Ahmed El Mohamady hit his own net just at the hour-mark to set the final score 1-1 at Deepdale.
Aston Villa vs QPR: Head-to-head
Queens Park Rangers came on top in both H2H games with the Lions in 2018.
They got away with spoils with a 1-3 victory in the previous visit to Villa Park in March last year.
This term’s encounter at Loftus Road saw a narrow 1-0 victory for the Hoops.
Three of past five head to head outings saw identical 1-0 scoreline.
Aston Villa vs QPR: Prediction
The Hoops were on a three-win thread before being denied by strugglers Reading to a goalless draw on Saturday at Loftus Road. Their center-half Toni Leistner was unlucky to hit the bar once in each half as Rangers just could not break the deadlock on the occasion. Nonetheless, the head coach Steve McClaren can be more than satisfied with his men’s defensive efforts in recent weeks.
QPR made it three consecutive clean sheets in the league and they could be a tough nut to crack for the Lions who scored just two goals in last two Championship ties. Given the importance of the match and the fact three of last five head to head meetings saw just one goal scored, the value is with the Under 2.5 goals FT pick at the odds of 2.10.
Aston Villa vs QPR: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10 (11/10)
Draw @ 3.80 (14/5).