Our prediction for this Championship match:
Liberty Stadium will host Tuesday’s football game between Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers. Following back-to-back wins over Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, the Swans shared the spoils with Wycombe in their last league match, but despite the drop of points, they stayed in the race for automatic promotion. Since Watford take on Norwich City on the road on Matchday 43, a win over QPR should see the Swans melt the Hornets’ advantage to only three points. The likes of Benda, Morris, and Rushesha remain in the recovery room, but Steve Cooper can count on key players for the midweek clash.
The Hoops, on the other hand, are 12 points behind the playoffs berth, meaning that they head into the midweek match with the lack of motivation. Swansea want this win more than QPR, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing hosts. Dieng is banned for the visitors, while Amos, Carroll, and Owens are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Korey Smith):
After spending his youth career at Norwich City, Korey Smith made his first-team debut for the Canaries in January 2008 in the FA Cup clash against Charlton Athletic. Smith played 67 league games for Norwich City and he scored 4 goals for the club, but in 2013 he signed a two-year deal with Oldham Athletic.
The midfielder who was born on 31 January, 1991, scored one goal in 42 appearances for the club in the 2013/2014 campaign and on 27 June, 2014, he joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. It has to be noted that he won Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with the Robins in his first season with the team.
Korey Smith was born in Hatfield, England and he has two younger sisters, Alice and Harriet. Smith is a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of operating as central midfielder and right back as well. The Bristol City footballer also represented the likes of Barnsley and Yeovil Town (on loan) in the past.
Highlighted Team (QPR):
Queens Park Rangers are well known as QPR. The capital club was founded in 1886 and Loftus Road Stadium is QPR’s ground. Loftus Road Stadium was opened in 1904 and the capacity of the venue 18,439. However, it has to be noted that no less than 35,353 spectators watched the game between QPR and Leeds on 27 April, 1974.
The Hoops finished the 1975/1976 First Division campaign in second position in the standings, just behind champions Liverpool. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but Queens Park Rangers made it to the FA Cup final in 1982 as well.
QPR were beaten by fellow capital club Tottenham Hotspur in the title game, but they did well to lift the League Cup trophy in 1967. Queens Park’s main rivals are Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham, but other clubs based in London are considered QPR’s rivals as well. The colour of QPR’s shirts is blue and white.