QPR (@2.05) vs Luton (@3.6)
27-08-2019

Our Prediction:

QPR will win

QPR – Luton Match Prediction | 27-08-2019 10:00

If Woodgate can do that, hell get somewhere. That means that Boro are creating the right chances, they just need a system which will commit more men forward. There shouldnt be too much concern about Boros ability going forward, as they finished 17 goals short of the xG total last term. Woodgate is expected to start with a 4-3-3 system which is set to include Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, two capable forwards. However, maintaining the Pulis-level of defending is another story.

That is a big achievement and not something we see too often. He was able to step aside in the best way by leading the club to promotion as champions, a fitting way to go after complete back-to-back promotions following Nathan Jones the previous season. They are under new management this year after Mick Harford decided he didnt want the job on a permanent basis.

Luton -

Theres little in the arrivals list which points to a revolution at Loftus Road, so its tough to see QPR climbing much further than last seasons 19th place. Things arent quite so easy for QPR, who looked to have cracked the code with Steve McClaren last term. However, a late dip forced them into another switch, which saw them go for former Brentford boss Warburton. They have been busy in the summer, but theyve not been investing that much into the squad, filling their team out with some solid options.

The 2017-18 season saw them compete with a fairly small squad as former Millwall manager Ian Holloway tried to bring in some of the clubs younger players he did that well. Following promotion to the Premier League, Rangers brought in a lot of players on high wages and have had to cut their wage bill massively. Considering the players that he lost that summer a 16th-place finish was a good achievement. He managed to blend youth with experience.

A rise up the ranks has brought them back to the second tier, but how far can Luton go this season? They finished narrowly outside the top six last season, but will radical change kick them on a gear or leave them with a more entertaining but frustrating season? They kick things off against a Middlesbrough side who are going through changes, as theyve appointed Jonathan Woodgate as the successor to Tony Pulis. Luton return to the Championship on Friday night just 15 months after playing in League Two.

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Meanwhile, QPR are looking to improve on a poor campaign last time around, while theyll be hoping for a bit more style under boss Mark Warburton. For the second season in a row, theres huge hype behind Stoke City in the Championship. Can they start his reign off with an impressive win at the bet365 Stadium this weekend? However, this time it might actually be justified. The hosts are looking for a promotion bid after enduring a tough return to the second tier.

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Starting with Fridays hosts, while a 5-1 hammering against Premier League returners Norwich in their final pre-season appearance may have put a dampener on what was becoming an enjoyable summer for Luton, the mood in Graeme Jones camp should be on a high. Likely to still be feeling the effects of both Jack Stacey and James Justin securing Premier League moves this summer, the Hatters have managed to record just a pair of clean sheets in their last 11 matches across all competitions. Securing back-to-back promotions and making a Championship return for the first time in 12 years, a huge part of the Hatters League One title charge came down to their form in the final third. Picking up the Golden Boot with 25 strikes last season, the 28-year-old also recorded two goals during pre-season. Despite gaining a long list of plaudits during their title-winning season, there still remains some concerns over Lutons defensive issues. Bagging 90 domestic goals last season, the best return of any side in the third-tier, one man to watch on Friday night will be last years leading marksman, James Collins.

Stoke vs QPR Match Preview

Can they start his reign off with an impressive win at the bet365 Stadium this weekend? Meanwhile, QPR are looking to improve on a poor campaign last time around, while theyll be hoping for a bit more style under boss Mark Warburton. The hosts are looking for a promotion bid after enduring a tough return to the second tier. For the second season in a row, theres huge hype behind Stoke City in the Championship. However, this time it might actually be justified.

It turned out that Gary Rowett wasnt quite the game-changer that Stoke needed, while their stars werent ready to play at this level. As a result, they turned to Luton boss Nathan Jones to galvanise the team, while he turned them into the best defensive unit in the division in the back-half of the season. Thats a foundation which they can build upon, while adding the likes of Sam Vokes, Lee Gregory and Nick Powell over the last six months mean that Stoke have proven EFL talent going forward to compliment a solid setup. The Potters were considered to have done well to just keep a large chunk of their Premier League side intact last term.

Luton are on the back of successive promotions, but this is a new start for the club. However, how will the squad thats leftover deal with their return to the Championship? Theyve appointed Graeme Jones after losing Nathan Jones to Stoke during the previous campaign. Now hes tasked with taking the club to safety in the second tier, but the departures of Jack Stacey to Bournemouth and James Justin to Leicester have been big blows.

Stoke vs QPR Predictions

Now hes tasked with taking the club to safety in the second tier, but the departures of Jack Stacey to Bournemouth and James Justin to Leicester have been big blows. Luton are on the back of successive promotions, but this is a new start for the club. However, how will the squad thats leftover deal with their return to the Championship? Theyve appointed Graeme Jones after losing Nathan Jones to Stoke during the previous campaign.

Stoke were strongly fancied to go right back up last season but it did not work out and they ended the season in 16th place. Nathan Jones steadied the ship following his appointment mid-way through the season and now after a full summer will hope to push the ideas across that worked so well at Luton. Bookmakers think Stoke could be in a good for a good season are between fourth and sixth favourites (depending on where you look) which would see them in the play-offs.

The visitors are also coming off the back of three losses in their last four preseason games, so they clearly arent quite up to speed ahead of this weekends big kick-off. QPR have sold off Luke Freeman, the forward who finished as joint top scorer last term with seven goals. Its been tough for them to find the net in recent years, so they must be looking on with envy at some of the dependable players that Stoke have picked up for the coming campaign.