Friday night's FA Cup fifth round preview: QPR vs Watford

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The FA Cup returns this weekend, with 16 teams looking to progress further down the Road To Wembley.

Just seven of those are representing the Premier League and with there already being a number of upsets this season, could more be waiting in the wings during the next few days?


The opening tie of this season’s FA Cup fifth round and the first of this weekend’s three Championship versus Premier League clashes, brings us to Loftus Road on Friday night as QPR play host to Watford.

With Steve McLaren’s men struggling in the Championship at present, it means that the relegation zone now looms large and the West Londoners will be hoping that an extended cup run can offer some welcome respite from their league woes.

Watford, on the other hand, are bucking their usual post-Christmas trend, as usually at this time of year they find themselves sliding down the table towards mid-table mediocrity. However, under Javi Gracia the prospect of European football at Vicarage Road next season is a real possibility.

  • QPR have not won any of their last seven Championship matches, the worst streak in the division – in addition to this they have lost their last five.
  • Watford have lost just once in their last six Premier League outings, although three of those matches have resulted in draws.
  • The Hornets attacking efforts have been nullified by issues at the back – they have both scored and shipped 34 league goals this season.

With QPR undergoing such a poor run of form as of late, Watford will fancy their chances and a win on Friday night is available with GiveMeBet at 5/6.

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