QPR v Villa: Toxic R’s defence to gift Villa first point in five

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Harry Redknapp appears to be walking a similar tightrope to the one which saw previous QPR boss Mark Hughes tumble around November time two years ago, and it is defensive ineptitude at the heart of his side’s woes.

Table-propping QPR entertain Aston Villa under the scrutiny of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio in ever-increasing need of a win to stop the rot, which has seen them acquire one point from the last 15 up for grabs.

Here’s our best bets for the contest:

QPR to draw with Aston Villa @ 9/4

QPR should be rubbing their hands at the thought of entertaining a Villa side currently reeling from a run of four successive defeats, but to put in perspective the visitors have just played Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.

Furthermore, QPR have taken only one point in that time, where two own goals against Liverpool last time out was the perfect advert for the root cause of their woes; terrible defending.

Villa may be short of confidence, but if they ever needed to steady the ship with a point then Loftus Road is the place, as the R’s have already shipped five more goals than Burnley above them.

Both teams to score: Yes @ 17/20

After berating QPR’s backline, it’s certainly worth pointing out Villa’s equally poor record of keeping clean sheets – none in four – which has precipitated their slide down the table.

Putting two and two together, this bet looks nailed on.

Coupled correct score 1-1 or 2-2 @ 31/10

Having banged the draw-drum, it’s time to take a shot at the scoreline and use this cracking Ladbrokes market as a security blanket on both outcomes.

Villa haven’t troubled the scorers in four so, Paul Lambert’s mob grabbing three in one fell swoop feels as likely as Nigel Farage opting the UK into the Euro should he be elected.

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

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