Greetings Bethome punters! QPR capitalised on Cardiff’s defeat to go top of the table again. The 16th round of fixtures gets underway tonight with some key clashes involving clubs at both ends of the table. Let’s take a closer look at today’s games…
Leeds United Vs Hull City
Howson played his game yet again and scored in a Leeds shirt. The hosts took on Coventry on the road and continued their good away record with an important 3-2 victory. However, on home soil despite the strong crowd support they have been unreliable with 4 losses in 7 games. Winger Watt is unavailable.
Hull are in a terrible state with no wins away from home in 7 games. On Saturday they hosted Scunthorpe on home soil and conceded in the 89th minute to end up going down 0-1. They have fallen to 20th spot on the table with just 14 points in 15 games and they have by far the worst attacking record in the league with just 10 goals to their credit. Midfielder Bullard is doubtful.
30/01/2007 Hull City Vs Leeds United 1-2
23/12/2006 Leeds United Vs Hull City 0-0
01/04/2006 Hull City Vs Leeds United 1-0
Selection: Leeds are in better form and shape (Home Win/Draw)
Millwall Vs Norwich City
Millwall travelled to Doncaster in their last league outing and despite opening the scoring with Morrison on 11 minutes they conceded twice after the half-time interval to end up losing 1-2. The “Lions” are in 16th spot with 19 points from 15 games. Forward Harris is absent today.
Norwich came back from the brink in their last league clash against Burnley on the weekend. They let in two goals between the 26th and 33rd minute but responded well and got back on level terms thanks to gaols from Martin and Crofts in the 71st and 90th minute respectively but the latter did get a red card immediately after the goal. They remain quite high up the table in the top six. Defender Nelson and scorer Crofts miss through injury and suspension respectively.
06/02/2010 Millwall Vs Norwich City 2-1
26/12/2009 Norwich City Vs Millwall 2-0
22/11/2005 Millwall Vs Norwich City 1-0
Selection: A safe selection is few goals being scored (Under 2.5 goals)
Nottingham Forest Vs Coventry City
Nottingham Forest took on Watford away from home in their last league outing and found themselves trailing after just 3 minutes but they were back on level terms on 20 minutes thanks to a goal from McCugan. The game ended locked at 1-1. They have been performing quite well on home soil given they are unbeaten in 7 home games (3 wins and 4 draws). They head into today’s game with no significant absentees.
Coventry succumbed to Leeds’ superiority in their last clash on the weekend. Despite playing in front of their home crowd they still lost 2-3 however they did play some good football at times during the game. Away from home they have recorded 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 loss in 7 clashes so far this season. Defender O’Halloran misses yet another clash.
09/02/2010 Coventry City Vs Nottingham Forest 1-0
28/12/2009 Nottingham Forest Vs Coventry City 2-0
18/04/2009 Nottingham Forest Vs Coventry City 1-0
Selection: I think there will be an upset (Away Win/Draw)
Portsmouth Vs QueensPark Rangers
Derby put an end to Portsmouth’s impressive run after beating them 2-0. However, Steve Cotterill and his players haven’t lost faith because of the defeat and want a quick return to successful results in order to gradually climb up to the top of the table. Forward Webber misses today’s game.
QPR put in a massive performance during their derby clash against Reading over the weekend. They picked up an important 3-1 home win despite playing with 10 men from the 44th minute after the expulsion of Bradley Orr. They are back at the top and remain unbeaten having conceded just 6 times in 15 games. Bradley Orr is suspended.
14/04/2001 Portsmouth Vs QueensPark Rangers 1-1
04/11/2000 QueensPark Rangers Vs Portsmouth 1-1
07/05/2000 Portsmouth Vs QueensPark Rangers 1-3
Selection: This is a derby clash but the visitors are closer to victory. (Draw/Away win)
Scunthorpe United Vs Middlesbrough
Scunthorpe took full advantage of Hull’s dire situation on the pitch and gained a priceless 0-1 away win thanks to a goal by O’Connor in the 89th minute. However, they haven’t been performing well on home soil with just one victory in seven clashes to date. Defender Jones is unavailable.
Middlesbrough brought an end to a run of poor results over 7 games when they recorded a hard fought 2-1 win over CrystalPalace. They found themselves trailing on 29 minutes but managed to respond in the second half. They equalized through Kink in the 76th minute after he had just come on as a sub and they went on to secure all 3 points thanks to a goal by McCarthy in the 84th minute. But away from home they are following in the footsteps of Gillingham as they cannot win even if you paid them.
26/12/2009 Middlesbrough Vs Scunthorpe United 3-0
18/08/2009 Scunthorpe United Vs Middlesbrough 0-2
Selection: Draw is most likely outcome (Draw/Away win)
Crystal Palace Vs Watford
CrystalPalace remain in bottom spot with just 11 points from 15 encounters. In their last outing they lost 1-2 in the bottom of the table clash against Middlesbrough. They only have one victory to their credit in the last 9 matches and a win today is essential. Midfielder Scannell is unavailable.
Watford hosted Nottingham in their last league outing and could only muster a pointy which has left them in 11th spot with 22 points after 15 games. They have performed much better on the road with 4 wins from 7 trips. Defender Hodson is in a race against time to be passed fit for the clash.
30/03/2010 Watford Vs Crystal Palace 1-3
28/11/2009 Crystal Palace Vs Watford 3-0
28/02/2009 Watford Vs Crystal Palace 2-0
Selection: A game worth avoiding (No Bet)