QPR’s clash with Manchester United represents a meeting of the top and bottom sides in the Premier League, but the result may not prove as straightforward as that statistic suggests.
United are heavy favourites at 1/2 for victory, and after winning each of the three meetings between these sides in the past two seasons, they will fancy their chances again.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson does not have a full-strength squad at his disposal, with Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney, the latter a goalscorer in this fixture last season, ruled out through injury.
Since Harry Redknapp’s arrival at the helm meanwhile, the Rs have drawn eight of their 15 matches in all competitions, whilst they have also recorded a win over a side in a vastly superior league position, Chelsea.
Punters envisaging another sensational triumph for the Hoops can have 5/1 about a home win, but taking the 10/3 odds on them claiming a point could represent a wiser move.
0-0 has been the Rs’ most regularly recurring result at Loftus Road this term, happening on four occasions.
12/1 is the price attributed to that outcome again, and it looks very plausible considering that that scoreline has stemmed from three of the Rs’ last four home matches.
It should be noted that United haven’t failed to score on their travels in seven league matches however, so the 1-1 scoreline, at 8/1, also makes some appeal.
Five QPR games have ended 1-1 so far this season, whilst the Red Devils have drawn by the same scoreline twice.
A bet on total result markets can cover the possibility of both these results meanwhile, with a stalemate involving under 2.5 goals a tempting 9/2 shot.
Interestingly, United have conceded first in an astonishing 18 of 39 matches in all competitions this season, so may be worth a bet to come from behind and draw at 17/2.
And with this in mind, betting on an Rs player to open the scoring has the potential to reap significant rewards.
Loic Remy is 10/1 to break the deadlock with his first Loftus Road goal, whilst the giant Chris Samba, a huge threat from set-pieces, is 25/1 to net first.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.