Kick Off: 1945, 31/03/2017
Stadium: Pride Park
TV: Sky Sports 1
Derby have a mountain to climb if they are to make the Championship play-offs and can’t afford to drop any points when entertaining QPR in Friday night’s Sky Sports fixture.
However, Rangers go into this game having won five of their last seven matches, including a 5-1 rout of Rotherham at Loftus Road before the international break.
The pressure is all on County here, so we’re eyeing a bit of value with 29/10 for the visitors to prevail in our Derby vs QPR betting tips.
A Look At Derby’s Betting Odds
Derby’s hopes of chasing promotion have been hampered by too many moderate displays on home turf this season and new manager Gary Rowett will be determined to improve on County’s Pride Park record, with just eight of 19 Championship games won there.
Only Barnsley have tasted defeat in the last five league fixtures at this venue, with the Rams conceding an unhealthy nine times in those games, including crucial injury-time strikes by Cardiff and Preston.
After being hammered 3-0 at Brighton, Derby suffered another late lapse when letting in a 94th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest in Rowett’s first outing since taking over from Steve McClaren.
Punters can get 31/10 for QPR to score between 75:01 minutes and full-time.
A Look At QPR’s Betting Odds
QPR seemed set for a relegation battle in mid-February but taking 16 points out of 21 has pushed them seven places and 10 points above the dreaded drop zone.
The overall quality of the teams they have beaten during that good run may not be great, but an away draw at Leeds shows that Ian Holloway has really given Rangers an improved sense of self-belief.
“Let’s hope we can get a group of players who believe they can win on a regular basis,” declared the manager after his side crushed Rotherham at Loftus Road. “At the minute, our stats are telling me that’s what we’re doing, but we’ve got to keep going.”
Both teams have scored in 13 of QPR’s last 16 games, so 17/20 in the Derby vs QPR odds for both teams to score has to be a percentage bet.
Nottm Forest 2-2 DERBY – Matej Vydra, Dave Nugent
QPR 5-1 Rotherham – Matt Smith, Luke Freeman, Yeni Atito Ngbakoto (pen), Massimo Luongo, Nedum Onuoha
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