A classic relegation six-pointer will see rock bottom Queens Park Rangers play host to fellow strugglers Leicester City. And while Harry Redknapp’s charges have been showing plenty of improvement of late, the Foxes appear to be going through a very rough patch at the moment and would probably settle for one point from Loftus Road.
Third win is overdue
QPR did well to instantly return to the Premier League, even if they were pretty fortunate to win the Championship play-off final against Derby County, and with so many seasoned Premiership players in the ranks, they didn’t even need to add too many new recruits. Nevertheless, Harry Redknapp was once again able to attract some high-quality players, although his side weren’t exactly able to hit the ground running early on. Even so, with team’s performances pretty good since the very start, it was only a matter of time before Rangers would come good and they appear to have seriously raised their form of late. QPR may still sit at Premiership rock bottom, but the team produced a string over very good performances against England’s top sides, giving Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City a real run for their money while recording a comfortable win over Aston Villa at home. And having also played really well against red-hot Newcastle United at the weekend, everything suggests QPR will return to winning ways against out-of-sorts Leicester City. The attacking partnership of Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora has looked quite impressive of late, and the duo will also have a lot of help from the likes of Fer, Vargas and possibly Kranjcar.
Important midfielder Sandro is sidelined through a knee problem, but there are no other worries for manager Harry Redknapp.
Leicester back where they belong
Riding on the wave of promotion to the Premier League, Leicester City produced several impressive performances in the early exchanges, with a 5-3 triumph over Manchester United clearly the highlight of their campaign, but the Foxes have since seen their performances drop a great deal. This was always going to be expected given the average squad Nigel Pearson has at his disposal, and having picked up mere two points from last seven league fixtures, Leicester City clearly face a tough task when facing improving QPR. The team have experienced unbelievable problems in attack, failing to score in six of last seven outings and with their next opponents very dangerous up front, another blank would almost certainly see them lose at Loftus Road. It is now clear that the lack of quality as well as Premiership experience will end up costing the Foxes dearly this season and I just don’t see how they are going to show the massive improvement needed to get something from the QPR clash.
There are no fresh injury worries for boss Nigel Pearson, but Dean Hammond and Matthew Upson remain in the infirmary.
QPR have been raising their form of late and having successfully matches some of England’s top sides, they can be trusted to build on those performances and see off Leicester City with relative ease. The Foxes are going through a very rough patch at the moment and another defeat appears on the cards.
Top pick: Home win 2.38 (13/8) @ bet365
Alternative pick 1: Austin to score 2.70 (17/10) @ BetVictor
Alternative pick 2: QPR to win to nil 4.00 (3/1) @ SkyBet