After a run of ten losses in 11 Premier League games, it was fair to say that hopes of avoiding relegation were growing distant at QPR before their match against West Brom.
The 4-1 win at the Hawthorns has breathed new life into the Super Hoop’s campaign, and brought them back to within three points of safety.
Indeed a win against Aston Villa in their next match would see QPR move clear of the drop zone at the Villans’ expense due to their superior goal difference.
Villa are 21/20 favourites to win the match, with the Rs priced at 5/2 and the draw 12/5.
New bwin customers can claim a £30 free bet, which could yield a handsome £75 profit if used to back QPR and Chris Ramsey’s side deliver, and there is one compelling reason to believe they will.
Over half of QPR’s 25 Premier League points this season have come from their six matches against sides based in the Midlands.
The Rs 4-1 away win over West Brom completed a double against the Baggies after a Charlie Austin hat-trick saw QPR win 3-2 at home back in December.
QPR also beat Leicester City by that scoreline in November, while Aston Villa themselves were bested 2-0 at Loftus Road earlier in the season.
Stoke are the only Midlands club to have enjoyed some measure of success against QPR this term, winning 3-1 at home and drawing 2-2 in London.
Furthermore, QPR won four games out of six against Derby, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham in the Championship regular season last term.
They also managed to better the Rams in the play-off final despite playing with 10 men for half an hour.
With Aston Villa and Leicester still to play, QPR’s happy knack of beating Midlands sides could prove crucial to their chances of survival this term.
In addition, it might also be worth piling on the 2/1 that Austin finds the net against Villa, as he has been central to QPR’s success versus clubs from England’s midriff.
Seven of the English striker’s 16 league goals have come in six games against Midlands teams this season.