Queens Park Rangers and Hull Relive Premier League Memories in Championship FixturePublished January 1, 2016 by Florin P
Former Premier League rivals square off at Loftus Road Stadium on the first day of 2016 (5:15 p.m UK Time).
One year ago, Queens Park Rangers and Hull were playing in the Premier League and the latter won both at home and on the road. It was the first time that the two teams met in the top flight and given their position in the Championship standings it is unlikely for both of them to promote. Hull is better positioned and could secure a playoffs berth, but it needs to win back-to-back games to stay on course.
QPR to Play on Packed Loftus Road Stadium
Queens Park Rangers is currently sitting in the second half of the standings, but they are only seven points behind Ipswich. If they can close the gap, they could secure another playoffs berth and from that point onward anything can happen. Winning home games is the top priority after the team failed to claim victory in nearly one month both at home and on the road.
Much to their credit, the hosts only won one match over the span against Ipswich, with the opponents scoring twice in the last minutes of overtime. Bolstering the backline is going to be a real challenge for the hosts, who are expected to feature a 4-4-1 starting formation with Austin up front.
Head to Head Record Favors QPR
Hull has won both games against Queens Park Rangers last season, but overall it is their opponents who can brag about a better head to head record. Many of the games ended undecided, which is surprising given the fact that Hull drew a single match in the last 15 rounds.
Splitting points on this occasion wouldn’t be regarded as a setback by the visiting team, as they would consolidate their position at the top. That’s why odds of 3/5 offered by bet365 Sports for a double chance wager on the home side are particularly tempting.