Bottom-placed QPR will be aiming for their first victory of the season when they take on West Ham, a team that have enjoyed a bright start to the season.
Heavy summer spending has yet to pay off for Queens Park Rangers, who currently sit at rock bottom having taken just 2 points from first 5 league games.
Add to that the 3-2 Capitol Cup defeat to Reading and you will understand why this is a must-win game for the hosts.
With the quality the Rangers have at their disposal, they look a good bet to beat West Ham at odds of 2.15 (23/20) offered at Paddy Power.
Mark Hughes’ side have been showing a lot of improvement of late, with the goalless draw against Chelsea followed by a good performance at White Hart Lane, so this will feel the right time to finally record the first win of the season.
Adel Taarabt is back in contention after overcoming a hamstring problem, while the game comes too soon for Armand Traore.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Cesar – Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Bosingwa – Wright-Phillips, Faurlin, Granero, Park – Hoilett – Zamora.
West Ham have enjoyed a great start to the season after gaining promotion from the Championship, hinting they might be able to avoid the relegation tussle this term.
The Hammers proved Boleyn Ground is becoming a real fortress by taking 7 points from 3 home games, while one point from two away fixtures can also be considered a good return.
The 4-1 home defeat to Wigan in the Capitol One Cup certainly acted as a major blow to the players’ confidence, but everybody at the club is well aware Premiership survival is the main priority.
The Hammers now face a tough task against hungry QPR, and odds of 3.70 (27/10) offered at BetVictor on away win clearly suggest that.
Gary O’Neill is back after recovering from a knee injury, but Jack Collison is out and Andy Carroll is a major injury doubt.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Jaaskelainen – Demel, Collins, Reid, O’Brien – Diame, Noble – Jarvis, Cole, Taylor.