Queens Park Rangers and Milton Keynes Dons meet at Loftus Road Stadium, in a match for this phase of the FA Cup (3rd Round). There is only record of 2 recent direct confrontations between these two teams: on 05-03-2016, which ended with the victory of Milton Keynes Dons by (2-0), and on 10-24-2015, which ended with the victory of the Queens Park Rangers by (3-0). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Queens Park Rangers presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
Queens Park Rangers:
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the FA Cup with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 5 draws and 9 losses in away matches, with 11 goals scored and 27 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 21 goals scored and 20 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Cardiff City by (2-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Queens Park Rangers has won 3, tied 4 and lost 3. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improving. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 27 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 19 out of the last 27 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 8 games in which they suffered the first goal.
The Queens Park Rangers come to this game motivated, after having managed to return to the triumphs, beating Cardiff at home 2-1. However, the stage of the local team in the season is not the best, since it has added only two wins in the last ten games played. In this game for the FA Cup, coach Ian Holloway must play in the usual 3-5-2, privileging possession of the ball and attacks through the flanks. Matt Smith is the best finisher of the Queens Park Rangers, with 6 goals scored. Without great absences in the squad, the coach must put on the field his best eleven.
Milton Keynes Dons:
Until reaching this phase of the FA Cup (3rd Round), the visiting team eliminated: Maidstone United and Hyde. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 25 conceded; against 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 20 conceded. The team comes to this match after a loss away with Oxford United by (3-1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Milton Keynes Dons has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has decreased scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Milton Keynes Dons is going through several difficulties in the season, as it occupies the last positions of the English third division. In the last game, the visitors lost again, this time against Oxford, totaling the third defeat in the last four matches. In this away game, coach Robbie Neilson must act in the usual 4-3-3, with Aneke being the most offensive reference of the team: this player is the best finalist of the Milton Keynes Dons, with 6 goals scored. There is no major absence for this visit to the Queens Park Rangers grounds.
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