Both QPR and Blackburn were beaten heavily before the international break, 6-0 by Fulham and 4-0 by Manchester City respectively, but it’s the hosts who are rated more likely to bounce back quickly…
QPR are 10/11 to triumph, however they have failed to win in front of their fans since returning to the Premier League, being thrashed by bottom club Bolton and drawing with Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Given Blackburn’s run of four clashes against them without defeat at Loftus Road and QPR’s reality check a fortnight ago at Craven Cottage, there is reason to believe that Neil Warnock’s side will be thwarted on home turf once again.
The visitors admittedly only have four points to show for their first seven weeks of work, but they have lost just twice in five on their travels and, even more significantly, have claimed at least a point on their last three trips to the capital.
Steve Kean’s team are 12/5 to draw and 3/1 to be victorious, the former option arguably the more appetising of those bets, while another option is the 5/6 in the Double Chance market on either outcome occurring.
QPR have been involved in just one game in all competitions this season in which both they and their opponents have got on the scoresheet, despite having played nine times in total.
The west Londoners have also failed to find the net in eight of their last ten meetings with Blackburn so odds of 5/6 against both teams firing appeals. There is also a case for the Rovers clean sheet at 10/3, as QPR have only scored once in four home matches, and that was an own goal.
Yakubu is the only of Blackburn’s five goal-getters in 2011-12 to have struck more than once and he’s 7/1 to grab the opener.