Queens Park Rangers - West Bromwich Albion Betting Preview: Back the Baggies to edge a tight encounter

Steve Clarke's men have made an impressive start to the season and Willie Duncan fancies them to edge home against Harry Redknapp's side at Loftus Road
West Bromwich Albion got back to winning ways at the weekend with a narrow 2-1 victory over Norwich City, and Steve Clarke will be keen to see his men build on that result when they face struggling Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Many tipped up the Baggies to be amongst the candidates for relegation this season but, under the stewardship of Clarke, they have surprised many and currently sit in the top half of the Premier League table as the season reaches its midway point. Nevertheless, West Brom are available at a chunky 11/5 (3.20) with Bet365 to win on Wednesday.

Queens Park Rangers have improved under Harry Redknapp but tasted defeat for the first time since the former Tottenham Hotspur manager took charge when they were beaten by a late goal against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Rangers managed a win against Fulham at Loftus Road in their previous home match and are rated as a 5/4 (2.25) chance with Bet365 to follow up with another three points here, while the same firm offer 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in stalemate.

It is worth noting that the victory over Fulham was Queens Park Rangers' only victory of the league campaign thus far, while Rangers have already suffered home defeat at the hands of the likes of Southampton, West Ham United and Swansea City in the league this year.

With that in mind, Bet365’s 4/7 (1.57) quote for the Baggies in the double chance market – that the visitors either win or draw – will carry plenty of appeal for cautious punters.

It should also be noted that nine of Queens Park Rangers' 15 goals this season have come in the second half while the Baggies have scored 16 of their 26 goals after the interval, so the juicy even money (2.0) quote from Bet365 for more goals to be scored in the second half here carries considerable appeal and looks to be the best bet.

Wednesday’s hosts have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season while the Baggies are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road.

Goals at both ends seem likely and value hunters could do much worse than snap up the generous 10/1 (11.0) on offer from Bet365 for Steve Clarke’s men to enjoy a 2-1 victory over Harry Redknapp's side on Wednesday.

More goals in the second half at even money (2.0) with Bet365
West Bromwich Albion to win 2-1 at 10/1 (11.0) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter