WEST London and QPR await Albion this weekend and once again football statistics website WhoScored.com
are here to crunch the numbers as we gear up for the game.
A deserved 1-0 win for the Baggies over neighbours Villa last time out gave Alan Irvine's men a boost ahead of the busy Christmas schedule, and with two consecutive clean sheets - after the goalless draw at Hull - the team are looking good both in defence and attack.
Craig Gardner's first goal of the season was the difference for a dominant Albion at The Hawthorns as Villa struggled to break through a stern home backline. Organised and compact, the visitors were largely restricted to efforts from range as WhoScored.com’s match report
shows, with 57% of their attempts being made from outside the area.
QPR boast a good home record this season but Albion should not be fearful having impressed on the road themselves.
They have won two and drawn one of their last five away Barclays Premier League matches, with the two defeats coming narrowly to Liverpool and at league leaders Chelsea, who boast an unblemished record of eight wins from eight on home soil.
The home side may potentially dominate the ball at Loftus Road but Albion have proved they can cope should that happen.
In victories at Tottenham and Leicester, Irvine has set his team up to be impenetrable and it has worked to great effect, keeping clean sheets in both and coming away with 1-0 victories.
According to WhoScored.com's statistically calculated characteristics for the London club, their biggest weakness is 'defending counter-attacks'.
With pace going forward provided by the likes of Stephane Sessegnon and Silvestre Varela, Albion can certainly be a threat in this regard.
Varela made his full league debut against Villa and, after an impressive showing in which he recorded a WhoScored rating of 6.96, he will again be a significant attacking outlet for the Baggies should he feature.
The heat map of his touches highlights the attacking areas that he occupies and he will again look to be a threat to the opposition.
Having won three, drawn two and lost only one of their last six trips to Loftus Road, there is every chance Albion can go to the capital this weekend and return with another positive result.
They have scored at least once in each of those games and if their defence performs as it has in recent matches there is every reason to believe another clean sheet could be on the cards too.