Man City’s forthcoming visit to Loftus Road could well prove to be a bit of a banana skin. Harry Redknapp’s side came perilously close to gaining a point away at Stamford Bridge – and it would have been a point very well-deserved. Quite simply – they played better than any other Premier League side to have visited Stamford Bridge this season and there are sure signs that the tide is beginning to turn for QPR.
Man City, on the other hand, with both midfield star David Silva and defender Aleksandar Kolarov out of first team action – haven’t looked quite themselves of late.
What’s really interesting, therefore, is the massive price on the R’s with the major bookmakers. Some are offering as much as 7-1 or more on a home win – including 888, Skybet and 32 Red. This looks ludicrously big given that QPR are playing at home, and we all saw what West Ham did to Man City. And this home game for QPR is surely a lesser challenge than that which they faced away at unbeaten Chelsea, which some pundits they were unlucky not to win outright. They were certainly unfortunate to come away completely empty-handed after Charlie Austin’s excellent equaliser.
QPR were absolutely tireless at Stamford Bridge in their overall pursuit of the game. And when Austin’s touch of inspiration came in diverting Fer’s shot (which was heading wide), past Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois in the 62nd minute – it looked like they’d receive their just desserts.
It wasn’t to be – but it may be a very different story at home to Man City – so grab that value while you can. Better still do so without any risk. If you visit 32red or some of the other bookmakers, you’ll soon see that you can qualify for big intro bonuses and free bets – and QPR look a good punt for that money at much too big a price.
QPR, however, are most definitely showing steady signs of improvement. The evidence was clear when they lost 2-3 away to Liverpool. This could and post certainly should have been honours even. Quite how the R’s contrived to lose – shipping two goals in injury time beggared belief.
And in their next game at home to Aston Villa they were very impressive indeed wining 2-0; a score line which belied the comfort with which the home side won.
What has been particularly impressive about their recent performances is the way that Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin have inked up, up-front. They are cementing a partnership that can surely cause problems to the strongest of opposition defences. Austin bagged a brace against Villa in addition to his afore-mentioned equalizer at Stamford Bridge. They’re also a side that seems to play better – the better the opposition.
So it will be absolutely no surprise to see the R’s overcome a Man City who have looked a little shaky a few times this season – and most notably on the road.