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With the best defence in the Championship on their side, Al Hain-Cole expects Harry Redknapp's men to frustrate a home attack that has struggled to find the net recently

After suffering their first home defeat of the Championship season against Leicester City last weekend, QPR will be hoping to bounce back when they travel to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day.
 
That result saw Harry Redknapp’s men surrender top spot to Burnley in time for Christmas, but they are available at 7/4 (2.75) with Coral to get their title bid back in track with victory in this one.
 
Meanwhile, the hosts have slipped out of the play-off places after a run of just two wins in 10, and are on offer at 8/5 (2.60) to pick up a much-needed three points of their own.
 
Billy Davies’ side have drawn more games than any other team in the division so far, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them settling for a point once again here.  
 
Although celebrated for a commitment to attractive attacking football, Redknapp has hardly kept many neutrals entertained this season, settling instead for a string of pragmatic performances from his expensively-assembled side.
 
With just 24 goals to their name in 21 games so far, the visitors possess just the 16th most prolific attack in the division, and occupy the automatic promotion places largely by virtue of a miserly defence that has conceded only 11 times.
 
With five clean sheets to their name in the last nine Championship matches on the road, the Hoops will be confident of shutting out a home side that have failed to score in both of their last two games, while their own return of just 10 goals in 10 away games suggests neither goalkeeper will be too busy.
 
Backing against both teams to score would have paid out in 15 of QPR’s last 19 league games and each of Forest’s last three, meaning odds of 8/11 (1.73) offer respectable value on no more than one side finding the net.
 
In fact, having played out a goalless draw the last time they met on this ground, odds of 15/2 (8.50) are well worth considering on both sides drawing a blank for the Reds’ third consecutive game and the fourth time this season for the guests.
 
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'No' on both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with Coral
0-0 draw for a 1pt stake at 15/2 (8.50) with Coral

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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