Harry Redknapp must have been wondering what the problem was for the first hour of QPR’s game against Manchester United on Saturday.
Watching from the Old Trafford stands just hours after his appointment, Redknapp would’ve been reasonably impressed with what he saw from the Premier League’s bottom side.
They were committed and solid in defence, counter-attacked with purpose and, against all the odds, took the lead.
However, they then did what they’ve done so many times over the past 18 months.
The Hoops took out the biggest revolver they could find and shot themselves right through both feet, conceding two goals from set-pieces and eventually succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.
It was hardly a disastrous display against a United side who have become adept at coming back from a goal down and, overall, there were plenty of positives to take from the game – and it bodes well for their trip to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland – who lost 4-2 against in-form West Brom last weekend – have won just two Premier League games all season and have the second-worst home record in the division.
In fact, they’ve won just two of their previous 20 league games and face a side who have yet to win in the league this season.
With two teams in such poor form, backing an edgy draw at 23/10 looks the most tempting of match punts. However, if you can see Redknapp getting off to a winning start then the Hoops are currently 23/10 to get their first Premier League away win in over a year.
Meanwhile, the Black Cats have won just one of their previous nine premier League matches at the Stadium of Light and are 6/5 to get all three points here.
Away from the match betting, then it may be worth noting that both teams have scored in each of their last seven meetings, with each of those clashes yielding at least three goals.
Both teams to score can be backed at 4/5, while over 2.5 goals is a pretty decent 11/10 – especially considering that Sunderland have scored five in their last two games.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.