QPR and Luton Town are both gunning for play-off places at the end of the Championship season and are set to go head-to-head at Loftus Road on Thursday evening.

The duo have been forced into managerial changes this season against their will, but are still well-placed to try and earn a spot in next season’s Premier League.

Neil Critchley’s QPR are outside the play-offs by virtue of goal difference only, while Rob Edwards’ Hatters are two points adrift, despite being 13th in the table.

The division is so tight that any result between competing teams is an important one, so this promises to be a very interesting game.

QPR v Luton Betting Tips

  • QPR to win and both teams to score @ 18/5
  • Chris Willock to score anytime @ 2/1

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Critchley is likely to deploy the same XI that secured a hard-earned point away at Cardiff City on Boxing Day with options fairly limited for the former Blackpool man.

He could recall Ilias Chair to the starting XI following his return from World Cup duty with Morocco.

Luke Amos and Tyler Roberts are also pushing for starts – the latter having successfully recovered from the injury which saw him miss Wales’ World Cup campaign.

Town will be without defender Gabriel Osho, who was dismissed in their 2-1 victory over Norwich City after being shown two yellow cards.

Amari’i Bell returns from a one-match ban of his own and may slot straight into the starting XI, while Cauley Woodrow is hoping to start following his last-minute goal that sunk the Canaries.

Latest QPR vs Luton Betfred Odds

QPR to win and both teams to score @ 18/5

Critchley’s first game in charge ended in victory away at Preston North End, while they escaped South Wales with a goalless draw on Boxing Day.

His record at Blackpool was excellent in taking them up to the Championship and stabilising them in their first year back, so he could prove to be a shrewd appointment.

Prior to his arrival, QPR were on the slide, but now they look like they’re in a good place for a promotion challenge.

Edwards is getting used to life at Luton too after a short-lived spell with rivals Watford and their Boxing Day win over Norwich was very impressive.

However, their away form hasn’t been great, losing three of their last four, while QPR have won each of the last three meetings at Loftus Road.

Chris Willock to score anytime @ 2/1

Chris Willock has been QPR’s star man this season, though he has gone slightly off the boil of late, failing to score in any of his last six matches.

However, usually he can share the burden with Chair, but the absence of his colleague means he has carried the can for QPR’s creativity and goalscoring.

Chair’s return should help Willock in that regard and he is still QPR’s joint-top goalscorer for the season.

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