Arsenal v QPR: Leaky hosts poised for further backline breaches

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Following their recent kamikaze 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, Arsenal will be delighted to welcome a QPR side who are yet to do anything but lose away from home since promotion back to the Premier League last May.

The Gunners are 2/7 to beat their city rivals, but we can do better than that. Here are our three best bets:

Arsenal to win and both teams to score @ 33/20

Each side has troubled the scoreboard operator at least once in all of Arsenal’s last four all-competition fixtures, and in eight of their past 11 at home all told, so a Super Hoops outfit that has only failed to fire once in five matches since the end of November will be confident of doing the same.

However, only Manchester United have managed to beat the Gunners on their own patch in the Premier League over the past 16 months, and Arsene Wenger’s men are on a three-match winning streak at home since that 2-1 loss.

Therefore, the points staying at the Emirates with both teams breached looks the only way to play in the outrights.

Olivier Giroud to score the first goal – Boosted from 7/2 to 9/2

Ladbrokes were already top price about the dashing Frenchman grabbing the opener at home for the second successive match, so bumping the odds by another point is festive generosity indeed.

Giroud’s north London brace against Newcastle was followed by the goal that looked to give Arsenal the win at Anfield last time out, before Martin Skrtel rescued a point for the hosts deep into injury time.

The 28-year-old also bagged an opener against the Geordies between Christmas and New Year 12 months ago, so this enhanced price punt has plenty working in its favour.

Over 3.5 goals @ 11/10

The bookies are clearly wide to the fact that Arsenal’s last four matches have seen at least four goals scored, as well as QPR’s past two and four of Harry Redknapp’s boys’ fixtures since the second week in November.

Odds of 11/10 could never be called fancy about such an eventuality, but they are indicative of how likely the bet is to come up. Best get on.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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