EFL Championship Preview: Cardiff City vs QPR

Cardiff City welcome Queens Park Rangers to the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday as the hosts have just ended their eight-game losing streak in the EFL Championship. Cardiff City will be looking to build on their remarkable comeback at Stoke City when they play host to Queens Park Rangers. The visitors, meanwhile, head into the game without a win in their last three games across all competitions and will be looking to end this dry spell.

Cardiff City ended their dire losing streak in style as they came from three goals down to salvage a 3-3 draw away to Stoke City last Saturday. Before that, Steve Morison’s men were on a run of eight defeats on the trot, conceding 19 goals and scoring just one. The result saw Cardiff City move three points clear of the relegation zone as they have picked up 12 points from 15 games.

EFL Championship Preview: Cardiff City vs QPRCardiff City have had a high number of shots from inside the penalty area. They have an average of 7.51 shots on goal from inside the penalty area per 90 minutes. Taking a shot on the goal from such positions gives the strikers a higher chance of scoring. Cardiff City’s striker has been their main target man inside the penalty area. He has scored two goals and assisted two so far in the Championship.

EFL Championship Preview: Cardiff City vs QPR

Ryan Giles has been one of the promising talents for Cardiff so far in the season. The young winger has provided a total of seven assists in the 12 games he has played. He has the highest number of successful crosses in the league and averages 3.33 crosses per 90 minutes. His crosses have been the biggest threat for the opposition’s defenses, as Cardiff have scored a lot of goals from these crosses. Ryan Giles, will look to exploit the QPR defense with the help of these crosses played into the penalty area.

QPR, on the other hand, failed to return to winning ways last time out, as they played out a 1-1 home draw against Nottingham Forest. This followed a fourth-round exit from the EFL Cup after they lost on penalties to Sunderland following a goalless draw in normal time. Despite their recent struggles, QPR are currently eighth in the EFL Championship table with 22 points from 15 games and could move into the playoff places with a win.

EFL Championship Preview: Cardiff City vs QPR

QPR have the second-highest number of successful dribbles in the league, which indicates that the QPR players have won most of the one-on-one battles they have taken on with the opposition defenders and were able to get into threatening positions. Chris Willock has completed 97 of these dribbles and has been a constant threat to defenders. He has been involved in five goals for QPR this season.

EFL Championship Preview: Cardiff City vs QPR

The above viz shows us the shot map for QPR’s game against Nottingham Forest. QPR attempted a total of 12 shots on goal but failed to keep most of them on target. They had four shots on target but the shots they attempted from positions near the goal were off target.

Scoring goals has not been that big of an issue for QPR as they have the second-highest tally of goals scored in the league. Their main concern is their defense, which is leaky at times and has been one of the reasons for their negative results. They will be looking to put up a better defensive performance against Cardiff to secure all three points from this game.

Cardiff City predicted starting lineup:
Smithies, Morrison, Flint, Nelson, Ng, Vaulks, Pack, Giles, Colwill, Harris, Moore.

Queens Park Rangers predicted starting lineup:
Dieng, Dickie, Dunne, Barbet, Adomah, Dozzell, Johansen, Odubajo, Chair, Willock, Dykes.