Boosted by the transfer deadline day signings, QPR hope to continue the good run of results and further close the gap behind safety, whereas Norwich are eager to end their winless run that stretches to seven league fixtures. Based on form and quality, Rangers certainly look like favourites here.
Three deadline day deals
QPR were always going to be the most active Premier League club on transfer deadline day, and they indeed managed to complete three deals before the January transfer window closed. Rangers eventually missed out on Peter Odemwingie, whose visit to Loftus Road ended up being the joke of the day, but they signed Christopher Samba, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend to boost their survival hopes. The new players are expected to add to the air of confidence surrounding Loftus Road after Harry Redknapp took over the reigns, so no wonder many see Rangers as hot favourites against Norwich. The reality is the team have shown a considerable improvement over the last few weeks, going on a four-match unbeaten run, and holding Tottenham and City to goalless draws in their last two home games. With Adel Taarabt and new signing Loic Remy linking well in attack, and Bobby Zamora finally back in contention, QPR look ready to go from strength to strength.
Samba Diakite is away on international duty, while Jose Bosingwa and Andy Johnson are both unavailable. Chris Samba is set to start, while Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend could also play a part.
Problems continue for Norwich
After Norwich did really well to recover from the dismal start to the league campaign, it looked as though they would be able to avoid the relegation tussle second year in a row, but the latest poor run of results in threatening to ruin their plans. The Canaries may still be huge seven points above the bottom three, but they are clearly struggling for form, as witnessed by the seven-match winless run in the Premier League. Club chiefs have made a couple of attacking signings in an attempt to stop the poor run of form, with forwards Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara arriving from Leeds United and Kansas City respectively. However, the two players are likely to need some time to adapt to the new surroundings and cannot be expected to make an immediate impact. Given that the players are clearly very low on confidence at the moment, Norwich don’t look like they can get something from Loftus Road.
First choice keeper John Ruddy remains sidelined, but he is the only unavailable player at the moment.
QPR have been on the constant uptrend over the last few weeks and the time has come for their third league win of the season. With Norwich clearly far from the desired form, Rangers won’t get too many chances like this to improve their precarious league position.
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Alternative pick 1: Over 2.5 goals 2.00 (1/1) @ Betfair
Alternative pick 2: QPR to score two goals or more 1.80 (4/5) @ Ladbrokes
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