Goals to remain at a premium as QPR host Norwich

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This fixture is not one that typically shouts goals and punters should expect no different at Loftus Road this time with QPR and Norwich needing every point they can get to boost their chances of Premier League survival.

One area where Harry Redknapp has succeeded in recent weeks is in tightening up his defence, with QPR only conceding once across their last four Premier League games, which includes shut outs against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

A feature of their play in these games is that they have been fairly unadventurous with their set-up, understandably preferring to be compact in getting numbers behind the ball, ahead of searching for goals.

They are certain to adopt a more attacking strategy here, but with Chris Samba arriving for megabucks from Russia, their defence should not be too compromised.

While things have improved defensively, QPR have not managed more than one goal in a Premier League outing since mid-December, eight games ago.

Furthermore, Norwich have netted only once in their last four in all competitions and so under 2.5 goals may prove the best bet here at 5/6.

Meanwhile, seven of the 10 meetings between these two that have taken place since Xmas 2006 would have seen this bet landed.

The fact that QPR have only triumphed in one of their 12 league games at home this season makes it difficult to back them for match victory at 1/1, even despite their improved recent form and busyness in the transfer window.

Norwich are 11/4 for victory and need an upturn in fortunes after taking just two points from their last seven top-flight encounters.

The signing of Luciano Becchio may help bring more goals and he is 9/4 to score at any time in the 90 minutes.

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All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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Craig Kemp

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