QPR secure a 2-0 victory over Coventry City in the 5th match week of the 21-22 EFL Championship season. This was a wide-open game where both teams were trying to attack consistently. Rangers were able to steal the victory with two second-half goals from Dykes and Barbet.
QPR’s victory at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium moved them up to third in the Championship table and are now among the only 4 teams to not have lost a single fixture in the league so far.
Rangers have also scored the third-highest number of goals(11) and conceded more goals(5) than only Fulham(3) and Birmingham(3).
Looking at the statistics, one can see that Coventry City did not have a bad game despite their 2-0 loss. They had an xG equal to that of QPR(1.45) and also had more shots(15) at goal than their opponents(13).
The problem with Coventry was their inability to finish off their chances. They were not at all clinical in front of goal, and this is what cost them the match. The Sky Blues had less possession than QPR throughout the game, except in the last 15 minutes after going 2-0 down.
After this loss, they are now 7th in the table, outside the play-off places, with 9 points from the 5 matches.
The xT timeline showed that Coventry were neck and neck with the Rangers before conceding. Both teams posed a similar expected threat(xT) throughout the match. In terms of the expected goals(xG) timeline, Coventry were better than their opponents, obtaining a higher xG throughout the first and second half. The main problem with the Sky Blues has been the lack of good finishing so far this season.
The accumulated xG of Coventry City so far this season is the third-highest(9.56) among all of the Championship clubs, only behind WBA and Fulham. They also have the highest number of shots on goal in the entire championship(81) in the first 5 game weeks of this season, but have the third-lowest shots on target percentage of just 28.4%.
This has been their biggest problem so far this season and the only solution to this is getting their strikers/attackers to become more clinical in front of goal.
On the other hand, Queens Park Rangers have had a great season so far and are currently 3rd in the championship table. They are one of the hot favourites to qualify for the promotion play-offs and are even in contention to finish in the top 2 and get direct promotion.
In the end, we can say that we have a great and exciting season ahead in which anyone can climb up the table. This is why the EFL Championship is considered to be the most competitive league in the world.