Sky Sports’ Championship expert David Prutton envisages nerves will be on the rise among the Leeds United faithful after the club’s recent slump in form.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa will guide the club into Loftus Road on Saturday lunchtime looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday, which allowed West Bromwich Albion to regain the top spot in the division.
Losing against the Owls also meant we have taken just one win in our last six league fixtures, and sit 18th in the form table for that respective period with eight fewer points than the form team of the moment Reading (14 points from 18).
Only three sides have claimed fewer points than we have since December 13, with Saturday’s opponent Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City each taking four points while Luton Town went winless and could only muster a single draw.
Despite QPR claiming their only win since December 13 in a 6-1 mauling of Cardiff City on New Year’s Day and losing 3-1 last time out against Brentford, Prutton expects the West London side to keep a point when we come to play.
“It’s safe to say QPR were blown away by Brentford last Saturday,” Prutton noted in his column for Sky Sports. “It will happen to a few teams for the rest of the season, but it will hurt that much more because it was their fierce rivals inflicting it.
“Leeds have stuttered of late and their fans will be starting to worry that they could repeat the slump that saw them falter last season. Draw here for me.”
What will the result be at QPR?
Mark Warburton’s QPR were rocked early on at Griffin Park when they were beaten by Brentford last time out, with Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins finding the net inside the opening 33 minutes.
Brentford only needed four shots to strike their three goals, and ended the game having restricted QPR to four shots – of which two were on target.
Keeping Warburton’s men similarly as quiet on Saturday lunchtime will go a long way in Bielsa ensuring we take more than just a point at Loftus Road, and begin to turn the tide on our inconsistent results.
In other Leeds United news, the club are claimed to be mulling over a bid to sign a towering £3million star this month.