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QPR vs West Brom predictions: Back the Baggies to leave London happy
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Simon Barlow
West Brom are mounting a promotion push under Carlos Corberan
West Brom are mounting a promotion push under Carlos Corberan

- West Brom have won three of their last five games
- The Baggies have won six of their last nine meetings with QPR
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Back West Brom to win

Queens Park Rangers and West Brom are both in good form ahead of this Wednesday's Championship clash at Loftus Road.

The R's stunned table-topping Leicester last weekend with a 2-1 victory that kept them out of the relegation zone.

Three consecutive wins for Marti Cifuentes' men have brought a buzz back to the club that appeared destined for the drop a few weeks ago.

West Brom, meanwhile, held off a late Coventry fightback for three important points in the race for a Championship top-six spot last weekend.

Team news

Sinclair Armstrong's winning goal at Leicester could see him rewarded with a start up front instead of Lyndon Dykes, who has managed just four goals in 31 league appearances this season.

Paul Smyth, who also made a telling contribution during his 35-minute cameo in the East Midlands, is another player who will hope to have caught the manager's eye on Saturday.

Otherwise, Jack Colback is the only Rangers player missing for this game as he serves the second game of his two-match ban for totting up 10 bookings this season.

As for West Brom, Conor Townsend will miss out after the left-back felt something in his hamstring just after the hour mark against Coventry.

Brandon Thomas-Asante and Matt Phillips are not expected to return until after the international break, so there are no real options to freshen up the forward line.

Daryl Dike has been ruled for the rest of 2024 because of an Achilles injury and Josh Maja also remains out with an ankle problem.

Jed Wallace has been pressed into action as an attacking spearhead with Grady Diangana, Mikey Johnston and Tom Fellows operating just behind him against Coventry.

John Swift could be recalled on Wednesday if Carlos Corberan opts to freshen up his side.

The stats

Swift has been involved in six goals in his last five league games against QPR (4 goals, 2 assists), assisting in his last two appearances against the Hoops.

Townsend has missed just one league game this season, the reverse fixture against the R's, which the Baggies won 2-0 at The Hawthorns in October.


Marti Cifuentes has clearly made a difference at QPR
Marti Cifuentes has clearly made a difference at QPR

QPR's recent resurgence has seen them rise out of the relegation zone and bolstered the belief that they can avoid a fate that seemed almost inevitable a few games ago.

The R's have taken 30 points in 21 games under Cifuentes and lost only seven times, but they are running into a West Brom side that have plenty to play for and enough positivity of their own.

The arrival of new owner Shilen Patel has given everyone at the club a lift and Corberan's team should give another good account of themselves in West London.

Albion fully deserved their win over Coventry last weekend and could easily have snatched all three points at Hull the time before in a game of many chances.

The Baggies also have a very good record at Loftus Road, having won four of the last six league meetings between the clubs at the London venue.

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