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Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Aston Villa v QPR: Can Villa erase their Emirates heartache?


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At half-time at the Emirates on Sunday, Aston Villa fans were dreaming of FA Cup glory. Fourty-five minutes later though they were left thinking what might have been as they capitulated against the Arsenal. Tonight the Villians face QPR and Mark Hughes, who could have been Villa manager in the summer, will be looking to pile more misery on under-fire Alex McLeish.

QPR also exited the FA Cup at the weekend as Chelsea won a disputed penalty that was calmy dispatched by Juan Mata. Hughes will have been hurt by that defeat but he knows that league points are the most essential thing for the progression of QPR.

The former Fulham man has not been in charge long but you can see he has already got to work with his defence. Since he arrived the Rs haven't conceded more than one goal in a game and that will breed confidence among the rest of the team.

Villa meanwhile have only kept five clean sheets all season, with just one in their past 10 outings, and the way they crumbled against the Gunners on Sunday will be a huge concern for McLeish.

The two sides shared the spoils at Loftus Road in September and QPR haven't won at Villa Park in the league since March 1992. However, Rangers have the edge over Villa in league meetings, winning 20 to Villa's 11, but who will come out on top here? Both managers have a point to prove but who will win the tactical battle? The panel is edging towards a home win.

Aston Villa v QPR; Kick Off 7.45pm February 1 2012

Prediction Panel        

Arsenal

Don McMahon

1

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

0

V

0

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

1

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

0

Liverpool

Mark Williams

1

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man Utd

Peter Lee

2

V

1

Newcastle

Michael Stout

2

V

1

Norwich City

Sue Read

2

V

0

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

1

V

2

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

2

V

0

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

0

Tottenham

Mike Richards

1

V

0

Swansea

Jim White

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

Wigan

Alan Moore

1

V

0

Wolves

Chris Cox

2

V

2

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

1

Writer

Phil Bundy

2

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

1

Writer

Matt Turner

1   

V    

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Aston Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

TBA    

V

TBA

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

1

Panel Verdict

Aston Villa are tipped to just shade this.

Home: 20; Draw: 13; Away: 2. TBA 1

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