Sheffield United’s FA Cup run came to an end at the hands of Leicester on Friday night and they can now solely focus on their bid to make the top six. They have ground to make up but a game in hand on all the sides above them and this is a match that certainly falls into the ‘must win’ category as far as their promotion dreams are concerned.
The Blades have lost their way slightly after a fantastic start to the season but they are by no means out of contention and if they can rediscover some of that early season form, they could still put real pressure on the likes of Bristol City, who are also wobbling.
As for QPR, it already feels like they don’t have a great deal left to play. Last season they almost seemed to lose interest in the final weeks of the campaign and Ian Holloway will be keen to ensure that there is no repeat this term. They sit 11 points outside the drop-zone heading into this one but with no chance of making the top six.
Overall this game, like many in the Championship right now, looks like it will not produce many goals. 4 of Sheffield United’s last 5 home games have seen under 2.5 scored and the goals have really dried up for the likes of Leon Clarke, who was so prolific earlier in the season. The Blades have netted just five times in their last seven Championship fixtures but with a 38% home clean sheet ratio, they should be able to keep things tight at their own end here.
QPR aren’t great travellers and have taken only 0.69 points per game on the road this term. Only two Championship sides have worse away records than them, so this is a game they’ll do very well to get anything out of. They’ve only conceded 8 goals in their last 7 away matches though, which is an improvement and with Sheffield United not scoring freely, we should at the very least see a fairly tight game here.
Both sides are struggling a bit for creativity and going for Under 3.5 Goals looks like the best bet here.
With a 56% home win ratio, Sheffield United look the side most likely to edge it though and backing a 1-0 Sheffield United Win could be the best bet in the correct score market.
Head To Head
QPR have won 3 of the last 4 meetings. They’ve also avoided defeat on their last 3 trips to Bramall Lane.
Sheffield United vs QPR Stats
- 56% of Sheffield United home games in the Championship this term have seen under 2.5 goals scored.
- The same is true of 62% of QPR away games.