Harry Redknapp will once again be under the spotlight as he takes charge of QPR against another of his old clubs, this time in the form of east London outfit West Ham.
An unanticipated FA Cup third round replay win over West Brom represented the fourth straight game in all competitions which his charges have gone unbeaten and, having acquired French international Loic Remy with fresh faces set to follow, confidence will be oozing from the R’s pores, despite the jaws of relegation ever-encroaching. They’re 5/2 to win at Upton Park.
Both this and the 23/10 on offer for the draw have an element of attraction about them when you consider that, since installing Redknapp to the dugout, QPR have only been beaten once on the road in five games across two competitions, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
At almost 7/10, they’re respectable value to avoid defeat in this one, while a dizzying 10/1 says Hoops fans will be cheering a third successive 1-0 win away from Loftus Road.
Despite being the only team to have restricted Manchester United to one goal at Old Trafford on no less than two separate occasions, West Ham come into this London derby very much out of sorts.
With just one win in their previous eight matches, against even more out of sorts Norwich, QPR needn’t fear Sam Allardyce’s men and the hosts’ 11/10 match favouritism is too short to be considered.
The Hammers have failed to find the net in four of these games, offering up even more value to the massive odds available on the 1-0 R’s win, while an away day clean sheet is almost as tempting at 3/1.
With both teams a far cry from free-scoring – they’ve managed just 41 league goals between them, fewer than Man United, Manchester City and Chelsea’s goals-for tallies – the best bet on this clash back under 2.5 goals to be notched in this all-London affair at 4/5.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date