QPR required more than a shade of good fortune to book a play-off final berth at Wigan’s expense, but their luck will run out in the Wembley showpiece.
Derby stand between the R’s and an immediate return to the Premier League and Steve McClaren’s stable will prove too steep an obstacle to surmount, despite the bookies’ inability to separate the pair in 90 minutes.
Both have been attributed odds of 8/5 to claim the spoils in normal time at the home of football, with the draw an outside bet at 11/5, but it’s the Rams’ price that the punters need to be gobbling up.
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QPR have failed to win eight of their previous 11 matches contested away from Loftus Road.
One of these matches occurred at the stadium formerly known as Pride Park, where next opponents Derby recorded a 1-0 win.
Prior to their semi-final first-leg stalemate with Wigan, Harry Redknapp’s men were bested on three of four road trips.
Far from watertight, they conceded at least two goals in three of these too.
The east Midlands outfit signed off on the regular season by improving their already steady away form.
County finished just three points adrift of the automatic promotion places if the table was comprised on road records alone.
They defeated Blackpool, Doncaster and Brighton in three of their final four sojourns, drawing with Leeds in the other.
Derby emerged victorious from their only play-off final appearance this century and boast a great record against the second tier’s cockney clubs.
Including Watford in this bracket, Derby have racked up six wins from a possible eight against London-dwelling sides, winning on three of their four ventures to the capital in 2013/14.