Reading will host QPR at the Madejski Stadium on Matchday 6 of the 21-22 EFL Championship season this Saturday. The hosts are currently 21st in the table, just one point off the relegation zone after a poor start to the season. Meanwhile, visitors QPR sit in 3rd and are one of the four unbeaten teams so far in the Championship.
Veljko Paunovic’s Reading have lost four of their first five games in the season, with the only victory coming on Matchday 2 against Preston North End. They have not been able to keep any clean sheets so far, which has led them to lag behind even though they have scored seven goals this season. The Royals will want to turn things around this weekend, but it will be a difficult task to beat the in-form Queens Park Rangers, especially coming in after three straight league defeats.
The Rangers have had a brilliant start to the Championship season, winning three games out of their first five and accumulating 11 points without a single defeat. Mark Warburton’s men have won both their away games so far, scoring three times in both. QPR will hope to continue this form.
Reading have conceded the most goals so far this season, letting in 13 goals in the five games played. They are in fact the only team to concede more than 10 in their five games. This is the reason that despite scoring in all but one game till now, they have still lost four games and are lurking near the relegation zone. QPR on the other hand have conceded just five goals in five games, and are close to being one of the best defences so far, and have also scored the third-highest goals(11) in the first five games, only behind Fulham and West Brom.
The teams are in strong contrast with each other when it comes to the forward passes made, with QPR second in the league and Reading in 21st. The number of forward passes show that the Rangers have been more attacking, and have been continuously searching for goals, which is one of the main reasons behind their success.Reading goalkeeper Rafael has recorded a save percentage of 62.5% this season and has still managed to concede 13 goals. This shows the poor quality of defending being displayed by the Royals. On the other hand, QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng has had a save percentage of 78.3%, which is the second-highest in the Championship. He has played a major role in QPR’s impressive start to the season. The difference in quality can also be seen in the Championship table, as both teams are at the opposite end.
Reading manager Veljko Paunovic has three names on his injury list, namely right-back Felipe Araruna, striker Lucas Joao and midfielder Ovie Ejaria. These names have been on the list for a while, but the manager is still expected to make multiple changes to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat.
Reading’s Predicted Starting XI(4-2-3-1: GK – Rafael, RB – Tom Holmes, CBs – Michael Morrison and Liam Moore, LB – Andy Yiadom, CDMs – Andy Rinomhota and Josh Laurent, RW – Halilovic, CAM – John Swift, LW – Junior Hoilett, ST – George Puscas.
Mark Warburton has just two names on his injured players’ list, with midfielders Lee Wallace and Sam Field. QPR have looked a formidable side up till now, and are expected to come in with a similar lineup to the previous games.
QPR’s Predicted Starting XI(3-4-2-1): GK – Seny Dieng, CBs – Moses Odubajo, Robert Dickie and Jordy de Wijs, RWB – Dominic Ball, CDMs – Stefan Johansen and Yoann Barbet, LWB – Sam McCallum, CAMs – Chris Willock and Ilias Chair, ST – Charlie Austin.
Queens Park Rangers are clear favourites to come out victorious against an out of form Reading side who are struggling at the moment. Reading will try their best to at least get something out of the game, which will be a difficult task. Rangers should come out as easy winners, with only a matter of how many goals scored to be discussed.