Betting preview: QPR vs Luton – Rangers have edge over inconsistent Hatters

Club soccer returns this Friday night with a big clash in the Championship between promotion-chasing Queens Park Rangers and Luton Town.

Only four points separate sixth-placed QPR and 15th Birmingham, meaning the race for the top six in the Championship is wide open.

Luton Town are one of the teams in contention and should they win on Friday, they will leapfrog their opponents into the play-off spots. However, their recent record against the Rs leaves a lot to be desired.

When, where and how to watch

When: Friday, November 19, 19.45 GMT

Where: Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Best bets for QPR vs Luton Town

QPR to win at 23/20

Over 1.5 QPR goals at 23/20

Luton Town to score the last goal at 5/4

You can also have a crack at our Planet Boost for this Friday night match, as tipster Pete Farries explains below.

QPR went into the international break having gone three games unbeaten. A win over Cardiff plus draws against Blackpool and Nottingham Forest saw Mark Warburton's men enter the top six.

The Rs now have an opportunity to solidify their place in the play-off positions with a win over Luton.

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton gestures to the fans at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City Stadium

The London outfit have a good record against the Hatters having won four of their last five head-to-head encounters. Should that run continue, QPR would move into fifth place - ahead of fellow promotion contenders Stoke City.

Speaking of Stoke, the Potters handed Luton Town a 1-0 defeat in the final round of games before the international break.

It's fair to say that Nathan Jones and his men have enjoyed mixed fortunes since the start of the season. The fact that they haven't won or lost consecutive games certainly says a lot about their current campaign.

Luton Town Manager Nathan Jones during the Sky Bet Championship match at Kenilworth Road, Luton.

Considering Luton's inconsistency, our first selection is to back the hosts to pick up all three points.

Warburton's men have only lost one home game in the Championship this season and at 23/20, they're not bad value.

Last three meetings

QPR 3-1 Luton (Championship - May 8, 2021)

The two teams last met on the final day of the 2020/21 season.

Charlie Austin gave the hosts an early lead before Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall bagged an equaliser for Luton.

The second half belonged to QPR as two further efforts from Stefan Johansen and Albert Adomah sealed a top-10 finish for the Rs.

Luton 0-2 QPR (Championship - January 12, 2021)

Rangers got the better of their rivals when the two met in the early days of 2021.

Austin was once again among the goals as his 39th-minute effort put the visitors ahead.

Macauley Bonne made sure of all three points with a late goal of his own.

Luton 1-1 QPR (Championship - July 14, 2020)

Luton picked up an important point at home against QPR during their battle against relegation in 2020.

James Collins put the Hatters ahead with a well converted penalty before Dominic Ball made it all square with his second-half equaliser.

Luton won their remaining two games of the season to secure their Championship status.

Last 10 head-to-heads

QPR wins: 6

Draws: 2

Luton wins: 2

QPR goals: 18

Luton goals: 13

Rangers have the edge

Loftus Road has never been a happy hunting ground for Luton Town. The Hatters are on a 17-match winless run at QPR - a sequence that stretches back almost 37 years.

The main problem for Luton has been keeping it clean at the back against the Rs. The two games last season saw Warburton's men score five times in this fixture. The season before that, they scored four.

Queens Park Rangers' Yoann Barbet applauds the fans after the final whistle of the Sky Bet Championship match at The Hawthorns

Considering QPR's propensity to punish Luton, our second selection is to back them in the over 1.5 goals market.

It is a bet that has landed in six of QPR's 11 home games this season. At 23/20, it also offers good value.

Luton won't go down quietly

QPR might be our outright selection but that doesn't mean Luton won't give them a good run for their money.

Rangers tend to start games well having opened the scoring in their last five Championship outings. However, Warburton's men do tend to crumble as the clock ticks on.

Fred Onyedinma of Luton Town celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Luton Town at the Pride Park, Derby on Tuesday 19th October 2021

Luton, on the other hand, tend to save their best stuff until late. For instance, all three of their goals against Middlesbrough two weeks ago came in the second half. The same goes for their recent 2-2 draw with Derby which saw the Hatters come from behind to secure a point.

Bearing this in mind, we're backing Luton to end the game on a high by bagging the final goal of the game.

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