Both Bournemouth and QPR are unbeaten and flying high towards the top end of the Championship ahead of Tuesday night's tussle. Mark O'Haire previews the encounter...
"The hosts were dominant in their past two tussles, restricting Hull and Barnsley to just 0.51 Expected Goals (xG) and zero on-target attempts"
Bournemouth unbeaten and finding form
Scott Parker was full of praise for his Bournemouth side after overseeing a dominant 3-0 triumph against Barnsley on Saturday. A brace from Jordan Zemura either side of a Dominic Solanke effort secured the success - Parker's first Championship win at the Vitality Stadium - and the margin of victory could even have been wider such was the Cherries' control.
Barnsley failed to register a shot on-target and Parker was pleased with his team's performance, saying: "Overall a very good performance. I thought we were, in all situations, very, very solid. A clean sheet and we had some massive opportunities - if we'd put the finishing touch on some of the moves, there would've been some real delightful stuff."
Gary Cahill made his debut in the heart of Bournemouth's defence at the weekend with fellow new signings Ryan Christie and Jamal Lowe making their first Cherries appearances off the bench. Morgan Rogers also came on, whilst the likes of Emiliano Marcondes and Chris Mepham were unused substitutes with Parker's squad now looking very strong.
QPR battle back at Reading
QPR boss Mark Warburton felt Rangers dropped two points at Reading on Saturday despite fighting back from 3-1 down to claim a dramatic late draw. The R's dominated the first half and went in front, only for John Swift to score the first goal of a hat-trick to put the Royals seemingly on-course for maximum points at their Berkshire base.
The Super Hoops were facing the prospect of a first league defeat of the season when trailing 3-1 with 13 minutes to play.However, the introduction of Albert Adomah led to a Rangers' fightback with the winger crossing for Andre Gray to mark his debut with a goal and then putting in a ball that led to QPR's late equaliser from captain Stefan Johansen.
But despite grabbing a point, Warburton insisted his team should have left with all three. He said: "We have to say that is two points dropped, but if that is a bad day at the office for us then it speaks highly of the players and how hard they worked. We controlled long parts of the game but it is about putting the ball in the back of the net and we didn't do that."
Both Chris Willock and Ilias Chair picked up injuries from heavy challenges and Warburton is hopeful the attacking duo will be fit to face the Cherries. Lyndon Dykes remains a doubt having missed out on Saturday's showdown.
Bournemouth and QPR have met just eight times in league football over the past 50 years with Rangers enjoying a W4-D2-L2 supremacy in head-to-head battles. The West Londoners earned four points against the Cherries last season with the 0-0 draw here at the Vitality Stadium ending a run of two straight defeats on the south coast.
Bournemouth 2.0621/20 have bagged W3-D3-L0 from their first six games under Scott Parker's watch, scoring at least twice on five occasions. The Cherries weren't overly impressive in their opening encounters, although the hosts were dominant in their past two tussles, restricting Hull and Barnsley to just 0.51 Expected Goals (xG) and zero on-target attempts.
QPR 3.03 also boast a W3-D3-L0 record with Rangers enjoying an unbeaten eight-game run across all competitions this term - the first time that's occurred since 1975-76. Nevertheless, Mark Warburton's men have only twice won the xG battle and returned a negative xG ratio despite facing just one top-half team during the embryonic campaign.
Queens Park Rangers
Bournemouth and QPR have combined to score in 11 of their 12 Championship contests with seven of those showdowns producing Both Teams To Score 1.674/6 winners. But the wiser play could be to support the hosts scoring Over 1.5 Goals at 1.9110/11 on the Sportsbook with Scott Parker's side securing profit from this wager on five occasions already.
Bournemouth are averaging 1.62 non-penalty expected goals (npxG) and should be given plenty of opportunity to flourish by an expressive QPR side. The visitors have allowed a minimum of eight shots from inside the penalty box in four of their most recent five outings, shipping seven goals in the process.
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