Match Preview – BHAFC vs QPR – ‘4 cup finals’

 

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4 cup finals. Win all of them and second place is guaranteed. At this point of the season, matching Middlesbrough and Burnley’s results is vital. If they win we must win, if they draw or lose, we must capitalise! Anyway I will be doing an article about the automatic promotion contenders last four games soon.


Recent Form

Brighton have acquired 13 points in their last 5 games. Three of those wins were a 2-1 scoreline. Late heartbreak versus Burnley denied the Seagulls from a full fifteen points out of fifteen. Unfortunately, all of the top three have hit form at the right time – Burnley, Boro, and Brighton have all picked up 7 wins in their last 10 games. 

Despite being one of the favourites to bounce back and go straight back up – QPR have underachieved. A combination of owner Tony Fernandes’ financial backing along with parachute payments led many to believe they would dominate in the Championship. However a mediocre season has left ‘The Hoops’ lying in 11th place. Queens Park Rangers have only lost one game in their last 5 (3-2 against Middlesbrough), despite this, a lack of cutting edge has left them 6 points in their last 5 games.


 

Last time out:

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Our view after Van La Parra’s goal.

A QPR comeback led by recently departed Charlie Austin, had Brighton leaving Loftus Road with a disappointing one point. Goals from Dale Stephens and Rajiv Van La Parra gave the Albion a somewhat fortuitous lead. However a brace from Charlie Austin cancelled out the visitors lead.


Familiar Faces:

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Grant Hall currently plays for QPR. He left Brighton to join Spurs in 2012. After failing to break through at Tottenham – Hall joined QPR on a free transfer.


Fact of the day:

The current top three are all in scintillating form. All three teams have picked up seven wins in their last ten matches. (Middlesbrough 21 points in 10 matches – Burnley and Brighton 24 points in 10 matches). Could it be any closer?


We are looking forward too…

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Seeing who will be victorious between Burnley and Middlesbrough. Most Albion fans want Boro to win as it would make 2nd place slightly easier to get. However the game looks to have a draw written all over it.


Verdict:

Due to the incredible form, passion, and fight show by the team recently. I can only see a Brighton win. QPR are no pushovers (as proven by the reverse fixture) however I believe that the ‘cool heads’ shown by Chris and the team in recent nail-biting fixtures shows that we have enough to get the three points. Ultimately, a draw or loss is unquestionable at this stage for Brighton, Burnley, and Boro. All three must win their remaining matches to guarantee first or second. If we play like we did in the second half versus Fulham, we will get a result. Lets hope the boys can rise to the occasion.

Prediction: 3-0

Brighton – Tomer Hemed x2, Anthony Knockaert.

QPR – N/A

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Article by @George_Carden

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