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Swansea v QPR: Recent form points to few goals at Liberty

| 08.02.2013

Tipping under 2.5 goals for a showdown between Swansea and QPR may not be the most original of predictions, but it is hard not to justify that 8/11 is a fine price for this eventuality occurring at the Liberty Stadium.

Goals have not been particularly regular in fixtures involving either side of late, with only one of Swansea’s last seven in all competitions witnessing three goals or more.

Discounting the FA Cup defeat to MK Dons where Harry Redknapp selected a weakened team, all of QPR’s last seven have come in under the 2.5-goal mark, with defence tightening taking a greater precedence than attacking creativity.

The fact that both teams have some problems in attack only serves to enhance the prospect of limited goals.

Michu has 16 goals for Swansea this season, but is currently in the midst of his longest drought of the season of six games.

Meanwhile, Loic Remy remains a doubt for QPR because of a groin injury, although he is recovering faster than was initially expected and could make the bench for this clash.

Swansea have already beaten QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road this season and this result would intimate that 4/5 is a decent price that they do the double with another win back on their own patch.

However, victories have not come particularly easily to them of late and so the draw has the greatest appeal in the match betting offerings at 5/2, especially as this has been the result in each of QPR’s last four top-flight encounters.

Furthermore, in their five home games this season against teams currently placed 12th or below, Swansea have only won once, which includes draws with Reading and Aston Villa.

For those fancying QPR to secure a vital win in their quest for safety, 7/2 is the price for the away win.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.