Despite making an unbeaten start to their season in the Championship, Queens Park Rangers have since suffered back-to-back defeats. Most recently at the hands of Bristol City. Their defeat might be particularly painful given the fact that they took more than thrice the number of shots as their opponents and that they were beaten in the stoppage time.
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton was calm during the post-match interview relaying a message to his players that they are headed in the right direction. He also pointed out the fact that his side has created plenty of chances but haven’t been able to take them. The team now sit eighth in the Championship with twelve points from their total eight games. They will be making an away trip to West Bromwich Albion in their next fixture in the Championship.
Let’s take a look at their stats this season to get an idea of the areas where they are good and areas where they can improve.
Queens Park Rangers currently rank second in the goal per 90 metric, 1.83. They have had a good start to the season by creating plenty of chances. They have scored in most of their matches so far with 16 goals to their name. However, they have been unable to grab points in their last two games.
QPR currently stands sixth on the xG charts with an xG of 12.10. As stated by Mark Warburton the team has been unable to score from the chances they have had in some of the latest matches. The team has already showcased that they are capable of claiming important points however for that they need to improve their xG metric. Lyndon Dykes currently tops the xG chart for his team with three goals to his name.
The team currently tops the dribbles chart. So far they have successfully mounted pressure on their opponents. Chris Willock and Sam Mccallum have both showcased promising stats for their team, they have been successful in keeping the ball towards their opponent’s half in most of their games.
Defensively, the team has been suffering. They currently sit at the bottom three in their successful defensive duels chart. Their defensive half have been unable to recover the ball in the recent matches which has resulted in two losses and one draw in their last three games.
As previously mentioned the defenders have been unable to mount pressure on their recent opponents. Their average challenging intensity stats are poor as they have been unsuccessful in blocking their opponent’s attack.
Looking at the stats it’s clear that manager Mark Warburton is right about his team creating plenty of chances and scoring goals in the process. QPR players will definitely be disappointed in their missed chances. Defence is an area where QPR can certainly improve. They have conceded seven in their last three games. Mark Warburton will need to sort his team’s defensive frailties if they are to come out on top in their fixture against West Bromwich Albion.