Look at this 40/1 first scorer option for Man City v QPR


Considering that QPR have netted at least once in their last 10 Premier League away games and realistically need to win at Manchester City to have any hope of avoiding relegation, 4/5 may be considered a decent price that they simply score at the Etihad.

December 2nd was the last occasion that Rangers were toothless in front of goal on the road when going down 2-0 to Swansea and Goodison Park, the Emirates and Anfield are among the stadiums at which they have scored since.

A hefty price of 12/1 is available on the QPR triumph and some supporters may feel they are owed this result after effectively handing Man City the title on the final day of the 2011/12 season when the Citizens scored twice in stoppage time to triumph 3-2.

Stating the obvious, QPR have to score to have any chance of winning and staying in the Premier League and there appear to be some big prices lurking in the player markets for goals.

Interestingly, only West Brom have scored more goals from corners in the Premier League this season and Manuel Pellegrini’s men looked fallible from set pieces in their recent victory over Aston Villa.

The return of captain Vincent Kompany to their defence should help in this regard, but Steven Caulker remains worth a nibble at 40/1 to open the scoring.

Working out which QPR central defenders will start is an effort in itself, as Nedum Onuoha is suspended following his red card against Liverpool, Rio Ferdinand is coming to terms with the death of his wife and Clint Hill has a hamstring problem.

Caulker has a broken hand, but should be passed fit to partner Richard Dunne at the heart of the defence.

The statistics show that Caulker has only managed the one Premier League goal this season against Stoke in September, but no defender has had more chances inside opposing 18-yard boxes.

This includes 22 headers and Leicester’s Wes Morgan is the only other defender to muster more than 14.

Caulker certainly should be scoring more and QPR need one at the Etihad more than ever.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.