QPR look to keep the pressure on top two

On a run of four consecutive wins, Mark Warburton’s QPR host a slumping Swansea knowing victory will bring them within two points of second-placed Blackburn, with a game in hand to boot (Match Betting – QPR 13/10, draw 12/5, Swansea 9/4).

The Rs are 3/1 for promotion and have seen off the advances of top-six rivals West Brom and Coventry on their recent hot streak; midfielder Stefan Johansen missed the clash with the Sky Blues due to a knock, but will be assessed before a possible return to action against the Swans; Andre Dozzell is set to feature once more as a replacement should Tuesday night’s clash come too soon for his Norwegian teammate.

Swansea’s 1-0 win over Preston on Saturday proved some light relief for the 17th-placed Welsh outfit, who had lost four of their previous five going into the weekend. Russell Martin’s unit have no fresh injury concerns, but sit 20th in terms of away form this campaign and face a battle at Loftus Road.

Elsewhere, Coventry and Stoke – 10th and ninth respectively – look to bolster their own promotion credentials in Staffordshire. Both will need to bounce back from weekend losses.

At the City Ground, Nottingham Forest will be aiming to heap further misery on bottom-of-the-table Barnsley. Despite having begun the campaign on torrid form, Forest’s fortunes have gone full circle since the arrival of manager Steve Cooper; they now sit eighth and would pull themselves within a point of the playoffs with a win over the Tykes (Forest 9/2 – Top 6 Finish).

A crucial encounter is on the cards at St Andrew’s, as Birmingham City, 18th, aim to consolidate Saturday’s win over Derby when playing host to Peterborough, who sit inside the bottom three on a winless run of three games.

And in Bedfordshire, Luton and Bristol City tussle for the middle rungs of the table.

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Author: Paula Allen