QPR – Barnsley Predictions
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QPR 2-2 Barnsley
Date: 21.08.2021 | Match at: 12:30 | League: ENGLAND: Championship – Round 4 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.38 | Bookie: Unibet.
QPR – Barnsley Match Preview
- Ten-man Queens Park Rangers won a five-goal thriller against Middlesbrough last time out, continuing their unbeaten start to the league campaign (W2, D1) and placing them among the early pacesetters in the division. Two of QPR’s three games saw them rescue points after conceding first and the start has captured the fans’ imagination – the last time they were unbeaten after three games at the start of a Championship campaign (2013/14), they got promoted.
- Extending that unbeaten run could see the ‘Hoops’ snap their four-game league losing sequence in H2Hs – a run that saw them concede 12 goals across those defeats. Recent home league form does favour a turnaround, as QPR have won eight of their last 12 Championship home matches (W8, D1, L3).
- Barnsley emerged as one of the surprise packages last season, finishing in the top-six under the now departed Valérien Ismaël. Considering Barnsley had just one point at this stage last campaign, a return of four points from the first three Championship games this time around isn’t such a bad start.
- Youthful energy is their potent driving force, as Barnsley are the only Championship side yet to name a player aged 30 or older in their starting XI. Regardless, away form needs improvement, as the ‘Tykes’ have won just once across their last five Championship away games (W1, D2, L2) – although this run was preceded by a club-record sequence of six consecutive away Championship wins.
- Players to watch: QPR’s Charlie Austin has seven league goals in nine games against Barnsley, which is the most he has against any side in his Championship career. Five years Austin’s junior, Dominik Frieser – who is Barnsley’s oldest starter this season at just 27 – has seen his only Championship goal result in the club’s lone win.
- Hot stat: There have been fewer than four cards in each of QPR’s last nine home league games.