Reading v QPR preview

  • Last Updated: January 12 2017, 19:57 GMT

We have a recommended bet, Opta facts and more ahead of Thursday night's Sky Bet Championship clash between Reading and QPR, kick-off at 2000 GMT live on Sky Sports.

Reading: Backed to beat QPR by one goal
Reading: Backed to beat QPR by one goal

Nick Hext's recommended bet 

Back Reading to beat QPR by one goal at 5/2 with Sky Bet

Reading are rightly odds-on across the board to get the better of QPR on Thursday night and I can't find a way to oppose the Royals. Jaap Stam's men failed to impress in last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United in the FA Cup but their Sky Bet Championship form remains impressive with eight wins collected from their last 10 outings. Five of those victories have come by a one-goal margin and I like the 5/2 for the Royals to get the better of QPR by the same margin. Five of QPR's previous six defeats have been by just one goal and I expect this to be another frustrating evening as Ian Holloway's side fall to a narrow defeat.

Pre-match quotes

Reading assistant manager Andries Ulderink

"It would be arrogant and misplaced to think that in any game in the Championship we are going to get three points very easily," Ulderink told the club's website.

"We have to work very hard and show some quality on the ball, otherwise a well-organised team like QPR can be very hard to score goals against.

"In the last couple of games they have got some good results - winning at Wolves was a difficult one - so I think their team will have a little bit more confidence than they had five or six weeks ago.

"You see that there is a mentality in that group where they work very hard on the pitch, so it's going to be a very tough game for us."

QPR manager Ian Holloway

"He's someone I've admired for a long time," Holloway said about new signing Kazenga LuaLua at his pre-match press conference.

"Every time I've seen him I've told him how good he can be. Luckily he wanted to come and play for us.

"He's a very exciting player, and I'm delighted to have him.

"I've got some other targets we're working on. But we won't be spending the money that we used to.

"We need youth and experience. We need to get that balance right."

Team news

Reading skipper Paul McShane remains sidelined for the visit of QPR on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports.

The defender missed Saturday's FA Cup defeat at former club Manchester United with a wrist injury and is still not ready to return.

Callum Harriott faces four to six weeks out with a hamstring injury, while Stephen Quinn (knee) and striker Deniss Rakels (ankle) are also set to miss out again.

QPR can include Kazenga LuaLua to their squad for the short trip along the M4 after the winger joined from Brighton on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Darnell Furlong and Michael Doughty are also set to be involved after being recalled from loan spells at Swindon, while midfielder Ben Gladwin has completed a temporary switch in the opposite direction.

Youngster Ebere Eze is a doubt after suffering an Achilles injury on his debut in the FA Cup defeat by Blackburn at the weekend.

Opta facts

There have been just five goals scored in the last six league meetings between these sides at the Madejski Stadium (two for Reading, three for QPR).

The Hoops have lost only once in their last nine league encounters against the Royals (W3 D5).

Reading have 16 more points after 24 league games this season (46) than they did last season (30).

QPR won their last away league game at Wolves but haven't completed back to back wins on the road since August 2015.

These sides also met on a Thursday last season at the Madejski - Nedum Onouha scored a 90th minute winner for the Hoops.

Reading haven't won a league match on a Thursday since December 1991, drawing three and losing five since.