Friday Football Tips: Back Phillips to fire for Baggies

West Brom v QPR betting
Matt Phillips can fire for West Brom against QPR
  • West Bromwich Albion vs Queens Park Rangers
  • Fri 24 Sep, 21:00

After a 9/1 winner on Thursday, Paul Higham has picked out Matt Phillips to star in Friday's props column bet as West Brom host QPR...

"Phillips had two shots on target in just 45 minutes after coming on against Derby, then started and scored against Preston, he's trending in the right direction so we're jumping on board now."

Back Matt Phillips to have 2+ shots on target @ 5.04/1

Well, well, well - what drama in Granada on Thursday night as a late Real Sociedad goal gave us a 9/1 winning Bet Builder treble to send us heading into the weekend in great spirits!

Let's see if we can keep this fine run this week going as we come away from Spain and Italy and head to the Hawthorns for Friday night's Championship game between West Brom and QPR.

This should be a good opportunity for West Brom to break their frustrating run of three straight draws against visiting QPR who've lost two on the bounce and only played Everton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

The Baggies have been having big problems converting possession and chances into goals, with these last three draws seeing their shots and shots on target count read 12/3, 25/9 and 11/2.

QPR may not be at their best with the short turnaround and just look like slipping into a big dip in form offer the perfect opportunity for West Brom to find their shooting boots.

Rangers have conceded seven goals in their last three away games, and the fact that they've scored three goals in three of their four away game sshows you that they're not afraid to get forward and attack.

If they continue with that mantra it will be a welcome relief for Valerien Ismael with his side struggling to break down defences, and that means we can look at the shots on target market with a valid reason to suspect there'll be a few.

Only Fulham have had more shots in the Championship than West Brom's 135 so far this season, with an average of almost 17 a game they're certainly living by the "If you don't buy a ticket" way of playing.

QPR have allowed at least 10 shots in each of their four away games and at least four on target in each, so it's a case of who will pull the trigger for the hosts, not if they'll pull the trigger.

And our man is Matt Phillips - who has two goals and two assists in his last five games and has been letting it fly in recent games with seven shots and three on target.

He had two on target in just one half after coming off the bench and providing a spark against Derby, then scored when starting the next game against Preston.

So Phillips is trending in the right direction, just like our props column this week, so we're backing him to have another two shots on target here at a healthy 4/1 on the Sportsbook and banking on his improving trend continuing.

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