There are some huge clashes in the games taking place this week. We start off by taking a look at Aston Villa who take on QPR at Villa park in a game of monumental importance in the Premier League relegation fight.
Villa had a mini revival when Tim Sherwood arrived but the Midlands club have suffered back to back defeats against Swansea and then Manchester United. They sit in 17th place, just 2 points clear of 18th placed Burnley and 3 points ahead of opponents QPR.
Historical stats are hard to look too far into when analyzing these two sides chances. Whilst Aston Villa have the joint worst home record in the Premier League, they also have a strong record against QPR having won all 5 home meeting between the sides and scoring 15 goals in the process.
Of more significance is perhaps the upturn in form of the once prolific Christian Benteke. He has netted four goals in his last four games in all competitions and will certainly be key to Villa’s success in the game. If he can put in a good performance then Aston Villa can look to scoop all three points.
QPR have looked like a side destined for relegation all season but they aren’t too far behind and a win in this game would put them within distance of all teams up to 15th in the table.
No one could have expected them to pick up all three points in a convincing win against a Tony Pulis West Brom side. Eduado Vargas was injured in that game and will miss the remainder of the season through injury.
Looking at the QPR team sheet, one player stands out and that is Matt Phillips. He is one of the leading assist providers in the Premier League. With him and Charlie Austin you can see where the threat lies for QPR.
On paper this game should be a tense affair between two sides who really will want to win the game but won’t want to lose it either. Neither side has any great form but the bookmakers have made Aston Villa favorites to win the game. Will they be right or will underdogs QPR provide another upset?