With QPR already destined for relegation, they go into this tie to give their teeming fans something to cheer about. While for the Gunners, there is still something to fight for as they continue to battle hard for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Knowing that a lackluster performance could cost them in this race that also has local rivals, Tottenham breathing down their neck, Arsene Wenger’s men who have won nine of their last 13 Premier League fixtures will be expected to come out tops in this one and Ladbrokes is backing them as favourites to win at a staggering 4/9 (1.44) a result that will keep their Champions League dreams alive.
On the other hand, Harry Redknapp’s side who won the same fixture 2-1 last term thanks to goals from Adel Taarabt and Samba Diakite not minding their predicaments, will chase their first win in six league games. With this in mind, they are underdogs at 11/2 (6.5) to make life difficult for the visiting side.
The draw is a 7/2 (4.5) play with the same online bookies.
QPR welcome back Bobby Zamora from suspension and he could take his place in a three-pronged frontline alongside Loic Remy and Andros Townsend, who is looks likely to overcome a hamstring injury. While the likes of Christopher Samba, Shaun Wright-Phillips and DJ Campbell are long-term absentees.
A bet on over 3.5 goals by QPR would be a bizarre play by punters as Redknapp’s side in their last four games at home has not proved a goal scoring side, and therefore offers a value at 45/1 (46.00) odds.
Arsenal top striker, Theo Walcott is the man to watch out for at Loftus Road as he has been backed to open the flood gates of goals and is worth backing at 9/2 (5.5) while his teammates Gervinho and Poldoski are backed to net first at same 5/1 (6.00).
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