Watford will be hoping their managerial change triggers more of a response than that of their hosts, who remain winless under Gareth Ainsworth. Will either of the new managers get a first win here or does a draw await? Find out with our QPR vs Watford match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
QPR vs Watford Prediction 1: Watford to win
We kick off the predictions for this game by backing Watford to win. Watford haven't exactly been in a good run of form but they do have a huge pool of talent in their squad. They really should be performing better than they are; that's a key reason behind the Hornets changing manager and it's the fact they've taken that action why we see Watford winning this game. On top of that, QPR have been woeful of late. They're winless in 13 games and have lost each of their last five games. Furthermore, Watford are unbeaten in their last three visits to QPR with two wins and a draw.
QPR vs Watford Prediction 2: Both teams will score
The second of our football betting tips for this game comes from the both teams to score market and we are betting on the yes outcome. QPR have seen four of their last five games end with goals at both ends. Watford meanwhile have seen three of their last five games end with goals at both ends. The head to head record also looks positively on the ‘yes' side of things with both teams scoring in each of the last three meetings between these sides. With odds of 17/20 (1.85) on offer too, we think this is a good value bet.
Here are the key stats & form guide for QPR vs Watford
So, that gives you some insight to how the different bookmakers see the action unfolding. How though do the QPR vs Watford odds translate into probability ahead of this game? Let's find out.
QPR odds: 2/1 (3.00) – 33%
Draw odds: 7/3 (3.33) – 30%
Watford odds: 7/5 (2.40) – 42%
Watford come into this game as the bookmakers favourites but with a probability of just 42% the prospect of an away win is far from nailed on to come to fruition. That being said, Championship encounters rarely see home sides priced up as handsomely as QPR's 2/1 (3.00) price, which is perhaps a reflection of their poor form. It could easily be perceived that all outcomes of this match offer some form of value and, as a result, the double chance bet could be quite widely used as punters look to bolster their chances of a win.
Check out the predicted lineups ahead of QPR vs Watford
Gareth Ainsworth has not enjoyed any new manager bounce since rocking up at QPR and, given there were doubts about how he'd get on away from Wycombe, he'll want to get a first win under his belt very soon. His side were miles off it last time out as they lost to Rotherham and we're expecting a fair few changes to the lineup here. Sam Field and Stefan Johansen will fear for their places after a poor showing in the middle of the park whilst right back Aaron Drewe is likely to drop out too.
Watford's lineup will be interesting to see with Chris Wilder at the helm but a new boss makes predicting a team lineup a tough ask. The fomer Sheffield United boss obviously has a hugely talented squad to choose from but does have a fair few injuries on his plate too. Hassane Kamara, Joao Ferreira and Tom Dele-Bashiru are amongst those on the sidelines.
*Starting lineups are usually announced one hour prior to kick off.
Player to watch
We're backing Ismaila Sarr to rip things up in this game. The Senegalese forward is up there with the most talented players in the entire league and the incentive of impressing a new manager – and facing an out of form side that, frankly, are relegation fodder – should put a rocket up him.
Our very accurate free soccer tips are always up to date. Follow us know how to spot value and provide you with the best soccer tips vip!
Take a look at the latest standings
A quickfire FAQ on QPR – Watford
Where is the match being played? – Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium