- QPR leads series 23W-12D-18L
- Clubs are 1W-3D-1L since 2011
- QPR won 2-0 at Loftus Road in Oct.
Valuable points are on the line Tuesday as Queens Park Rangers looks to take three of them and Aston Villa’s 17th place with a win at Villa Park (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
Chris Ramsey’s R’s are in 19th place with 25 points, but have a better goal differential than their Tuesday hosts, who sit three points ahead of them on the table.
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Villa has emerged from the drop zone by beating fellow strugglers, while QPR’s weekend win over West Bromwich Albion is its only win in six matches. However, the R’s have won of their last four on the road.
It’ll be a matchup of close friends with differing personalities. Ramsey worked on Tim Sherwood’s staff at Tottenham Hotspur, and Sherwood claims he’d gladly take Ramsey on his staff at Aston Villa if the latter was out of work and the club could find room.
What they’re saying
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: “I think this is the biggest game that a lot of these players have ever played for this football club. This is without doubt the biggest game of the season for Villa and possibly one of the biggest in a number of years and this is the biggest of my managerial career.”
QPR goalkeeper Robert Green: “Back to back wins would make a big difference for us. It would lift us above Aston Villa. From their point of view, they’ll be looking at this game and saying that a win will move them five points clear of relegation. If we could get the back-to-back wins, it would be a case of ‘down and out’ on Saturday morning in some people’s eyes, to ‘alive and kicking’ by Tuesday evening. That’s the nature of football.”
Goals, I think! Charlie Austin looked great on the weekend and the short break between games for both squads could make for tired legs and lapses in focus. With Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor looking to test the R’s back line, we’ll call this one 2-2.