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Doomed QPR to fall with a whimper to top-four hunting Arsenal

| 02.05.2013

With QPR’s relegation to the Championship already confirmed, Harry Redknapp’s side now have only the avoidance of finishing bottom of the Premier League to play for.

But their chances of achieving this feat look set to be dealt a blow in their next outing, as the Rs welcome Champions League chasing Arsenal to Loftus Road.

The Gunners will rightly see this as a must-win fixture, and one in a series of favourable remaining matches in their quest to achieve a 16th consecutive top-four finish.

And they are heavily favoured at 4/9 to claim the victory they so desperately crave, though better value stems from backing the visitors to triumph without conceding at 13/8.

Arsene Wenger’s men have won four of the past six meetings between these teams dating back to 1995, with each of those triumphs being built upon the foundation of a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, it should also be noted that the Gunners have the Premier League’s third best defensive record this term, and of the 12 occasions they haven’t been breached, seven have come away from the Emirates.

Add in that the Hoops have failed to find the net in a massive 14 total league matches this season, and the chances of an away win in which the hosts are shut out appear greater still.

Furthermore, Arsenal have most regularly prevailed via a 1-0 scoreline throughout the campaign, and eight of their 18 seasonal successes have come in matches in which they didn’t concede.

In coherence with that trend, QPR have not registered in eight of their 18 league losses over the course of the campaign, with 1-0 the scoreline they were joint most regularly beaten by.

Therefore, punters searching for added value could do worse than consider correct score markets, with the Gunners 15/2 to claim a third 1-0 triumph over the Rs within the past two seasons.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee