Kick-off: 1945, 15/02/2019
Stadium: Loftus Road
TV: BT Sport
QPR boss Steve McClaren has made no secret of his desire to do well in the FA Cup and the Hoops have every chance of advancing past Watford.
The Hornets have reached round five for just the second time in 10 seasons, despite Javi Gracia changing his entire team when winning at Newcastle.
If the Spaniard again rotates his squad to such an extent at Loftus Road, 31/10 for a Rangers victory in normal time is a value QPR vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Queens Park Rangers’ Betting Odds
QPR look set for a comfortable mid-table finish in the Championship, allowing McClaren to give it a real go in this competition.
The Hoops beat Leeds at this venue in round three and then eased past Portsmouth 2-0 in a replay here earlier this month.
After that triumph, McClaren beamed: “We put in a very good performance. It took us a while to break them down, but I’m delighted.
“The main thing is to create a team the fans are proud of – and I think they will be.
“Now we have a great tie to look forward to against Watford here, under the lights.
“The FA Cup is all about creating memories and we’ve an opportunity to do that.”
Such passion for the FA Cup is sadly rare these days, so we’re hoping the former England manager is rewarded with another bold showing.
Looking at the QPR vs Watford odds, we feel 33/20 for a fired-up Rangers to go through is another option, with extra-time and penalties possible after replays were axed from this stage onwards.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford’s second string secured a 2-0 success at Woking in the third round and then prevailed by the same scoreline at Newcastle.
However, that was a scrappy affair at St James’ Park, which lacked any rhythm or fluency, as both teams made wholesale changes.
Gracia insisted: “The most important thing is the confidence I have in all my players.
“I know them, they deserve to play and when they do it, they show what they are able to do.
“They are working very hard in training and it means in games like this, they are able to play at the level they have.”
There are still some talented individuals amongst Watford’s fringe players, including big-money signings Andre Gray, Isaac Success and Will Hughes, so there is always a chance they will prove a class apart.
However, we just think taking on a decent Championship outfit full of heart and determination will be a tougher test than they have faced so far.
Let’s finish off our QPR vs Watford betting tips by taking 13/1 for a 2-1 home victory.
Last FA Cup result:
QPR 2-0 Portsmouth – Nahki Wells, Matt Smith
Newcastle 0-2 WATFORD – Andre Gray, Isaac Success
Head-to-head: QPR 2-1 Watford, Watford 0-0 QPR, Watford 0-2 QPR, QPR 1-3 Watford
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