Back QPR to get back on track

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: February 20 2014, 12:29 GMT

Craig Chisnall previews this weekend's action in the Sky Bet Football League and fancies QPR to beat Charlton.

Ravel Morrison can add some spark to a QPR side that is short of goals
Ravel Morrison can add some spark to a QPR side that is short of goals

QPR have had a woeful couple of weeks but I'm backing them to get their promotion push back on track at struggling Charlton.

With the outlay Rangers have made and the talent they have in their squad they really should be clear at the top of the Championship.

But thanks to successive defeats to fellow promotion hopefuls Derby and at home to Reading last weekend Harry Redknapp's head into the weekend in fourth and four points off the top two.

The main Achilles heel has been their constant struggles in front of goal, Charlie Austin aside, with their total of 37 comfortably the fewest in the top six.

The former Burnley hitman has scored 15 goals this term but hasn't played since the end of January and isn't anywhere near a return from a serious shoulder problem.

The arrival of attacking midfielder Ravel Morrison on-loan from West Ham should give them a spark but others such as Junior Hoilett and Niko Kranjcar really need to step up as well.

Having said that they should have far too much for an Addicks side who are looking increasingly troubled.

They've lost their last four games, without scoring in three of those and the departure of key striker Yann Kermogant to Bournemouth has hardly helped morale.

Chris Powell's side have won just three times on their boggy Valley pitch this term and I can't see much joy for them again this weekend. QPR look a very juicy price.

Shaun Derry will have started the season with all thoughts on playing his part in that Rangers squad - but since November his sole focus has been saving Notts County from the League 1 drop.

The rookie boss isn't doing too badly so I'm going with the Magpies to see off fellow strugglers Shrewsbury at Meadow Lane.

When the boyhood County fan took the reins in November they were rock-bottom having won just twice in the league all season and looked doomed.

But in 17 matches he's already chalked up six wins to move them to fourth bottom and there's a real belief they can complete the job and stay up.

Derry has secured impressive loanees Jack Grealish and Callum McGregor for the rest of the season while left-back Gareth Roberts and midfielder Hayden Mullins have added some much-needed experience.

In their last home game they walloped Coventry 3-0 and with the Shrews arriving on the back of a seven-game winless run County look a very healthy price to continue their revival.

In League 2 I like the look of Newport to make it back-to-back home wins in the space of five days by seeing off Cheltenham - that's offered at 13/10 across the board.

County finally returned to home action for the first time since January 4 and in some style as they ended Oxford's season-long unbeaten away record.

It was their first win in seven but they are still in touch with the top seven and obviously have several games in hand thanks to the weather.

Before the Oxford win nine of their last 11 games so the majority of their matches in what will be a packed run-in will come at Rodney Parade, where they have a fearsome record.

Justin Edinburgh's men have won eight of their 11 matches on home turf and will be eyeing up a Cheltenham side without a win in seven and haven't scored in their last two. County look a great bet this weekend to put even more pressure on the play-off places.

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