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It's pretty clear that Queens Park Rangers are quite comfortable with their Championship status given that are showing little desire to leave it behind. The Loftus Road outfit are firmly positioned around the middle of the league table and that is where we believe they will remain as the season draws to a close. It's very unlikely that they will claw their way towards the play-offs and similarly unlikely that they will become embroiled in a relegation scrap. They seem just happy to plod along in mid-table obscurity and if the club hierarchy are happy with this situation, then so be it.
It would also appear that the fans are more than satisfied with this state of play with few suggestions that they would like to see the back of Ian Holloway any time soon, however one would certainly imagine that they would be happier if their side were making progress and in this regard the Hoops have been taking steps in the right direction with back-to-back confidence-boosting Championship wins over Cardiff City and Burton Albion.
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The win over promotion-chasing Cardiff City will have been particularly satisfying and as such, Ian Holloway's men will be confident of getting the job done when Middlesbrough come to town on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the start of the 2017/18 season, 'Boro were installed as one of the favourites for automatic promotion although given that they currently sit ninth in the league table, that is hardly likely to happen. Nevertheless the Teessiders are a force to be reckoned with in the second tier and they have put-in some decent displays on their travels with maximum points picked up in their last two away games.
The question is, can Middlesbrough take anything from their weekend visit to Loftus Road? We believe that the answer is no. QPR may not be setting the Championship alight but they are clearly capable of great things when they put their minds to it. They have suffered defeat on just two occasions in front of their home fans since September and while they lost 3-2 at the Riverside earlier this season, we believe that they will exact revenge by taking a maximum points haul in their meeting with 'Boro on Saturday afternoon.
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