Tuesday was a mess and the current win rate of 28.6% Alex McLeish has as manager of Aston Villa will change on Sunday. I'm trying to play with optimism but the simple truth is, regardless of the result, it will change, but I hope you see what I'm trying to do.
In my opinion (I was going to write, 'the simple truth is', but some would argue with that) another defeat is going to damage him more than most would like to accept and if it is defeat on Sunday, he is going to need to pull a rabbit out of his hat very soon. A point would just mean groans and some saying a point at QPR is a good result.
He wasn't a popular choice to begin with and his record in the Premier League is and I've picked my word very carefully here, awful and supporters know this. Three points on Sunday is very important for this manager - he was never going to get as long as anyone else, for two reasons, so he has to act quickly.
A look to QPR
QPR have had a good start to the season and they have purchased well. They have played exactly the same number of games as us and have exactly the same amount of points - but they've won twice as many and have not won at home yet.
What does that tell us? Not much really - it is too early in the season to be making judgements on just a few games for a newly promoted team that seem to have a bit of cash behind them and will probably spend again in January, regardless of where they find themselves.
But they do look a side going places. They look like a side with ambitions that most would have to agree, are a little above where they really are. Is that a good thing or a bad thing though?
Odds and prediction
This is a tough one to call, but draw is possibly the most likely result, so I'll predict an away win. You can get the odds below and from what I've just seen, the bookies have QPR as favourites - that is shocking, but fairly predictable.