QPR vs Portsmouth
English FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Loftus Road Stadium (London).
Portsmouth will see their well congested schedule continued on Tuesday evening when they travel to English capital to battle Championship side Queens Park Rangers in the fourth round of the FA Cup replay.
Pompey were close to advancing to the fifth round when Rangers’ Joel Lynch scored an own goal in a rather comical way just after the hour-mark of the first leg played ten days ago at Fratton Park.
However, the League One side managed to hold on to the lead for no longer than 11 minutes as Nahki Wells’ strike brought QPR back on terms and ensured the two likes would play a reverse fixture at Selhurst Park.
QPR now have the more expressed favourites tag given the home court advantage which comes on top of the fact they feature a higher division football. Nonetheless, passing through to the fifth round will by no means represent an easy challenge for the hosts as Pompey have really done well so far in the season in League One.
QPR vs Portsmouth: Head-to-head
The hosts can rely on the head to head tradition here as they won seven, drew six and lost only two of fifteen meetings with Pompey.
Four of past five head to head ties ended with the same 1-1 scoreline, including the aforementioned first leg of this term’s FA Cup tie played ten days ago at Fratton Park.
QPR are unbeaten in seven home matches against Portsmouth (four wins and three draws in the process).
QPR vs Portsmouth: Prediction
Pompey generally enjoyed a thrilling campaign in this term of League One, but they’ve put their promotional ambitions in jeopardize after a terrible run of three consecutive league defeats. They are five points shy of table-toppers Luton Town after a 3-2 loss in their direct clash with the Hatters last Tuesday.
The head coach Kenny Jackett certainly has the promotion to Championship as team’s main goal for this season. Given Portsmouth are only one point above the third-placed Barnsley at the moment, the automatic promotion really comes in question.
QPR are also on a poor run of form with two wins and draws apiece in past four Championship ties. Nevertheless, we will back them because of the dominant H2H record as well as the fact the visitors would definitely trade a deep FA Cup run for an automatic promotion this season.
QPR vs Portsmouth: Bet Tips
QPR to win @ 1.85 (17/20)
QPR Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.90 (9/10).