West Bromwich Albion will host Queens Park Rangers at the Hawthorns Stadium on Matchday 9 of the 2021/22 EFL Championship Season. Valerien Ismail’s West Brom side are currently third in the EFL Championship standings with 16 points from the first eight games. They are one of the only two teams alongside league leaders AFC Bournemouth still unbeaten in the league this season. Mark Warburton’s QPR side have also had a decent start to the league campaign, as they sit in eighth place in the standings with 12 points from the first eight games.
The match is expected to be an interesting game, as both teams have been among the best-attacking sides of the Championship this season. QPR have scored 16 goals so far this season, and conceded 12, while WBA have scored 14 and conceded seven. West Brom have had better results and are currently third in the Championship standings.
The hosts West Brom have the second-highest shots in the league so far with 121 shits, while QPR have the fourth-highest shots with 113. But QPR have had a total of 50 shots on target and 16 goals in comparison to 49 shots on target and 14 goals for West Brom. The only thing that has kept West from above QPR and in the top three has been their defence which has been contributing equally to the attack. On the other hand, QPR have conceded a lot more goals and are therefore eight in the standings.
Both these clubs will go head to head on the weekend, as they both also are the two teams with the highest number of crosses put into the box. WBA have put in 20.19 crosses into the box per 90 minutes, while QPR have put in 19.03. Both managers prefer to put in crosses from the wings into the strikers for their goals, and it will be a battle of similar styles at the Hawthorns.
One difference in both teams overall style is the build-up, as QPR have been accumulating a lot of passes per 90 minutes compared to their opponents. The Rangers have preferred to pass their way out from the back, while West Brom have preferred to be more direct in their approach.
West Brom will hope to come out of the game with another win to cement their place in the top spots of the league. There has been a recent slump in their form and they will be planning to recover from it. Queens Park Rangers have had a decent start, with a lot of goals in the league. They will hope to defend better and get a result on their visit to the Hawthorns Stadium.
West Bromwich Albion’s Predicted Starting XI (3-4-2-1): GK: SamJohnstone; CBs: Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Conor Townsend; RWB: Darnell Furlong, CDMs: Jake Livermore, Alex Mowatt, LWB: Adam Reach; CAMs: Mathew Phillips, Grady Diangana; ST: Robinson
(Injuries: O’Shea, Clarke and Tulloch)
Queens Park Rangers’ Predicted Starting XI (3-1-4-2): GK: Seny Dieng; CBs: Rob Dickie, Jordy De Wijs, Yoann Barbet; CDM – Odubajo, LM – Sam McCallum, CMs: Stefan Johansen, Chris Willock; RM – Ilias Chair; CFs: Andre Gray, Lyndon Dykes
(Injuries: Wallace and Field)