The temptation with a side like QPR is to assume that they will come good at some point and that they’re bound to win eventually – and this is the sort of game that tempts punters into backing them.
There is undoubtedly an increased sense of optimism around Loftus Road following the appointment of Harry Redknapp but even with his influence it’s tough to see them stringing any run of results together (certainly before reinforcements are brought in in January).
They travel to face a Wigan team who, while not having the disastrous start that Latics fans have become accustomed to, are still proving erratic.
Wins against Tottenham, West Ham and Reading over the past month-and-a-half have seen them avoid the clutches of the relegation zone – but only just.
Wigan are currently the 13/10 favourites to pick up all three points in this game and their recent record at the DW is pretty decent.
They’ve lost just four of their last 13 home games and despite losing their last one against Manchester City, they can take comfort from the fact they haven’t lost consecutive games in Wigan since January.
Meanwhile, QPR, whilst rooted to the foot of the table, have the 12th best away defence (or the ninth worst depending on how you look at it) in the division and have conceded an average of 1.75 goals on the road.
With Wigan only averaging 1.38 games at home, backing this to be a low-scoring affair looks the best way to cash in. Under 2.5 goals is a pretty decent 5/6.
Finally, QPR are 21/10 to get the win, although backing the draw looks to be worth a decent punt at 11/5.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date