Neither Swansea or QPR are in the best of form but the Welshmen can earn a crucial three points this evening at the Liberty Stadium. A superb start to the season saw them take 16 points from their first six games, but 2020 has not been kind to the Swans, who have won just twice in nine games, meaning they’ve dropped outside of the top six.
This makes their oncoming run of fixtures – against QPR, Hull City and Huddersfield Town after facing QPR – absolutely vital for Steve Cooper. Despite the poor run of form, there are some things that should encourage Cooper. It will have hurt to lose a 2-1 lead against Derby when they conceded twice in the last 30 minutes but they did win the shot count 16-8 whilst winning the shots on target count 7-4.
Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster – one of two high quality arrivals during the transfer period for the Swans (the other being Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher) provided an assist in another good performance and Swansea really grew into the game after Yan Dhanda replaced George Byers at half time.
Swansea City v QPR
19:45 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
JAN 2020 FA CUP QPR 5-1 Swansea
AUG 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 1-3 Swansea
APR 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 4-0 Swansea
SEP 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Swansea 3-0 QPR
JAN 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE QPR 1-1 Swansea
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Swansea 2-0 QPR
FEB 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Swansea 4-1 QPR
AUG 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE QPR 0-5 Swansea
APR 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE QPR 3-0 Swansea
DEC 2011 PREMIER LEAGUE Swansea 1-1 QPR
DEC 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 4-0 Swansea
OCT 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Swansea 0-0 QPR
QPR arguably arrive here in worse form than their hosts, having lost their fourth game in a row after a 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield. QPR dominated the first half as Eberechi Eze was the standout player on the pitch but they didn’t take their chances before Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga put the Terriers ahead with a 57th-minute header before winning a penalty three minutes later that was converted by Steve Mounie. QPR did show their potential but by full time Huddersfield were fair value for their victory, winning the shot count 16-8 and the shots on target count 7-2, and that doesn’t bode well for tonight’s encounter.
Swansea will be reeling from the nature of their loss to Derby but that was their first loss as hosts since December and they make more appeal than QPR in what has the makings of a trappy game. Swansea have seen over 2.5 goals in nine out of their 16 home games this season whilst it’s nine out of sixteen for QPR, and the pair have kept just five clean sheets in their combined home and away games this season, so a couple of speculative correct scores could be the way to play things here.
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