It would be fair to say that QPR and West Brom have hugely varied budgets and for this reason, it is simply amazing to see that the Baggies are experiencing so much more success than their London opponents. The home side approach this game sat in the lofty position of 6th, which is a long, long way from the 20th place that the R’s currently find themselves in.
The progress that West Brom have made in recent years is simply astonishing and the Baggies appear to be launching yet more improvement this time around. Despite initial concerns following the appointment of Steve Clarke as Roy Hodgson’s successor, it looks as though the former Chelsea assistant has taken to his new role superbly well and the club currently sit just two points away from 2nd place. They are likely to possess some fantastic confidence ahead of this game as well, with the Hawthorns outfit currently on a run which has seen them win four home games in succession. Bearing the above in mind, the club could even find themselves in the top three should results go their way on Saturday.
Even though QPR only just avoided the drop last term, most people were tipping the R’s to at least finish the campaign in a safe mid-table position after spending some significant sums of money during the summer. However, despite this investment, it looks as though supporters are set for another campaign of misery. The club are currently right at the foot of the table after a miserable start which has seen them accumulate just two points. As you would expect in this day and age, speculation has already started to grow on Mark Hughes’ future and statistics leading up to this clash certainly don’t bode well. For example, the R’s have yet to win an away game under Hughes’ tenure, while the fact they approach this game having lost four of their last five certainly isn’t a positive either.
West Brom unfortunately approach this game with several injury concerns, with the Baggies set to be without the likes of Chris Brunt, Billy Jones and Steven Reid. However, Steve Clarke has at least been handed one piece of good news, with Peter Odemwingie back in contention after completing his three-match suspension. One player who hasn’t yet finished a ban is QPR midfielder Samba Diakite, as he prepares to sit out of the clash. It doesn’t get much better in other areas for Mark Hughes’ side, with Jose Bosingwa and Anton Ferdinand both doubtful while Armand Traore is a definite absentee.
In terms of a prediction, we simply have to back the Baggies here. Steve Clarke’s side have experienced a wonderful start to the season and with their opponents struggling to such an extent, our prediction is a 2-1 win for West Brom.