QPR vs Norwich predictions: R's can boost survival hopes
QPR have been stuck in the Championship’s bottom three since the end of September but they approach the weekend with a mathematical chance of moving out of the drop zone.
The third-bottom Londoners will climb another place if they win at home to Norwich and fourth-bottom Huddersfield are defeated away at Southampton.
Marti Cifuentes's side should at least approach the weekend with confidence after last Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Blackburn.
Norwich were 1-0 winners at QPR in a Carabao Cup first-round tie back in August and they moved up to ninth in the Championship after last Saturday’s 2-1 home success over Coventry.
QPR’s Sam Field must complete a two-match suspension but there are plenty of options in midfield with loanees Isaac Hayden and Joe Hodge pushing to make their first starts for the club.
January signing Michael Frey will be hoping for more minutes after making his debut in last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Blackburn.
Central defender Danny Batth remains absent for Norwich due to a hamstring strain.
On-loan Bologna striker Sydney van Hooijdonk was a late substitute in the 2-1 victory at home to Coventry but he is unlikely to force his way in from the start.
QPR are unbeaten in three matches, winning two of them.
They have notched in each of their last six games which is their longest scoring streak of the season.
Four of QPR’s last six games have generated at least three goals.
Norwich have lost eight of their last 13 Championship away fixtures.
The Canaries are the joint-highest scorers outside of the top four but they have also conceded the highest number of goals among teams in the top 14.
Both teams have scored in six of Norwich’s last eight fixtures.
QPR registered just three home league wins across the whole of 2023, but they have taken four points from their last two home matches and have every chance of defeating play-off hopefuls Norwich.
It has been another tough season for QPR, but second-tier survival looks a lot more likely after they gathered seven points from their last three matches.
Marti Cifuentes’s team were worthy 2-1 winners at Blackburn last Saturday and their squad looks a lot stronger since the arrival of loan signings Joe Hodge and Isaac Hayden from Premier League sides Wolves and Newcastle, respectively.
Norwich head to the capital in search of three points to boost their promotion push, but their away record does not inspire much confidence.
The Canaries have tasted defeat on four of their last six road trips and another disappointment is expected in London.
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