Derby County were looking possible play-off candidates just a few short weeks ago but any hopes that they may have harboured regarding promotion to the Premier League must now surely be at an end. Indeed the Rams have taken a few batterings of late with defeats to Cardiff City, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion, teams which (with the exception of Brighton) they should really be getting the better of.
They will face another tough challenge on Friday evening when QPR visit Pride Park. Ian Holloway’s men have been enjoying some excellent results of late with their last four Championship outings returning wins over Cardiff City, Barnsley and Rotherham United as well as a creditable draw against high-flying Leeds United at Elland Road. These results have lifted the west London outfit from possible relegation candidates to a side which looks set to finish the season in a mid-table position.
Indeed just three points separate QPR and Derby County as things stand and this promises to be a pretty closely-fought affair. That said, the Rams have been solid at Pride Park this season and with just a single defeat in their last fifteen competitive home games, we don’t expect QPR to head back home with the three points in the bag.
Nevertheless we similarly don’t expect the hosts to have things all their own way either and we’re anticipating goals at both ends on Saturday afternoon. QPR put five past woeful Rotherham United last weekend while Derby have found the net in three of their last four matches, therefore a share of the spoils with both teams scoring looks the most likely outcome of this mid-table clash on Saturday afternoon.