Our prediction for this match:
Saturday’s football game at the Kassam Stadium pits together Oxford United and Queens Park Rangers, who face each other for the first time since 1999. Back then Queens Park Rangers recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Oxford United in the Championship, meaning that the Yellows are hungry for revenge. The League One side have been in a fine form in pre-season, but QPR are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals.
The Hoops suffered a 3-1 loss to Austria Wien at the weekend, but it has to be noted that coach John Eustace mixed the squad against the Austrian outfit. The capital club are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s friendly against the League One side, but given Oxford United’s recent form, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Tomer Hemed):
Tomer Hemed started his senior career at Maccabi Haifa, with the Israeli attacker making his first-team debut in March, 2007. He came as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Bnei Yehuda and two months later he scored his first goal for the club, against Maccabi Herzliya.
On 21 June, 2011, Tomer Hemed signed a three-year contract with Spanish club Mallorca, where he spent three seasons. At the end of the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, the Israeli striker joined Almeria and it has to be noted that he scored 8 goals in 35 appearances for the Segunda Division outfit. On 24 June, 2015 Hemed signed a three-year contract with Brighton for an undisclosed fee and he impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, scoring 17 goals for the Seagulls.
Speaking of his international career, Hemed made his Israel debut on 4 June in a 2-1 win over Latvia. Three months later the Brighton striker scored his first goal for the Israeli national team, but he failed help his teammates avoid defeat to Croatia (1-3).
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.