Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Norwich City made it no wins in eight for Neil Warnock’s QPR side – far from ideal preparation as they travel to high-flying MK Dons in search of their first win in the FA Cup since 2001.
Having initially adapted well on their return to the Premier League, aided by a number of signings on transfer deadline day in August, the R’s have suffered an alarming slump in form and find themselves just one place above the bottom three.
In contrast, MK Dons head into the game with nine wins from their last 11 matches in all competitions and having already defeated Norwich in the Carling Cup, will view this as a perfect opportunity to claim their second top-flight scalp of the season.
The League One side have proved a formidable force at the Stadium:MK, losing just once in 13 matches this term, and it’s this form that has seen them rise up the table to fourth place, just three points adrift of an automatic promotion spot.
However, despite a difficult couple of months, Warnock’s side are rated as slight favourites at 31/20, with the draw priced at 9/4 and victory for Karl Robinson’s Dons at 17/10.
MK Dons head into the game with nine wins from their last 11 matches in all competitions and having already defeated Norwich in the Carling Cup, will view this as a perfect opportunity to claim their second top-flight scalp of the season.
While backing a cup upset looks appealing, of the four victories picked up by Rangers this campaign, three have come away from home, and in their last two fixtures on the road they were narrowly defeated by Arsenal and gained a point at Swansea.
With Premier League survival the main aim for the west London side, there is the possibility that key players could be rested, but any replacements are very likely to have been involved in Rangers’ Championship-winning campaign last year.
One of the major factors in QPR’s slide down the Premier League table is their tendency to concede goals and they have been unable to record a clean sheet since defeating Chelsea back in October.
With this is mind, and the fact that MK Dons have managed to find the back of the net 33 times in just 14 games at home in all competitions this campaign, backing both sides to score in the game at 7/10 looks a banker.
Recording a win would certainly lift the confidence among the QPR squad, who will be without the suspended Joey Barton, so expect them to head into what will be an extremely difficult fixture with every intention of progressing through to the next round.
A narrow 2-1 victory for the away side at 17/2 looks a great bet and should any new customers to bwin use their free £25 bet on this outcome, they would see a return of £237.50 if it materialises.
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