Boro boss Tony Pulis will be looking for a sharper cutting edge after seeing the team squander a series of chances against Fulham last weekend before succumbing to that stoppage-time penalty.
Pulis opted to use 12-goal Britt Assombalonga only as a substitute, the first time he had not started a league game since his summer switch from Nottingham Forest.
The Boro boss named the same XI which had beaten Sunderland 2-0 in the FA Cup a week earlier, and while he was happy with much of what he saw against Fulham, Assombalonga will be pushing for a return.
Middlesbrough have won the last 3 meetings. They won 3-2 when the sides met at the Riverside earlier this term and 3-2 on their last visit to Loftus Road.
QPR’s most common home scoreline is a 2-1 win (30%) and their last 3 home wins have all been against sides currently in the top six.
Boro have scored in 85% of their away games this season but have just a 23% clean sheet ratio on the road.
The West Londoners have netted in a huge 92% of their home Championship matches this term, so there’s strong reason to expect we will see a goal in this for the hosts.
Both teams have scored in 77% of QPR home games though and Boro will certainly come eyeing up an away win, which ought to make for a fairly open game.
69% of Boro away games this term have also seen both teams score and generally fans travelling to see them on the road have got far more entertainment than those that have only been to the Riverside this term.
The stats strongly suggest we will see chances at both ends here – backing Both Teams to Score looks to offer some value.
Former Boro man Alex Baptiste missed last weekend’s 3-1 win at Burton due to a back injury, Midfielder Jordan Cousins (hamstring) and striker Paul Smyth (thigh) could also miss out again. But defender James Perch is fit after almost five months out with a knee injury.