After a fortnight break for the international fixtures, Queens Park Rangers and Everton return to Premier League action on Sunday as they go head-to-head at Loftus Road.
The season so far could not have been any more different for both sides, with QPR languishing at the bottom of the table while Everton are currently sitting above both Arsenal and Tottenham in 4th position.
For Rangers, this game marks the start of a potentially season defining run of home fixtures in which they simply have to start discovering the ability to win games or face the threat of being in the dreaded position of propping up the table at Christmas.
Over the next two months the Hoops welcome fellow strugglers Southampton, Reading, Wigan and Aston Villa to west London, all of which manager Mark Hughes will see as eminently winnable games.
So far though, Rangers haven’t looked like winning a game and have picked up a measly two points from their seven matches, racking up a -6 goal difference in front of their own fans, a record that does not bode well for them against an Everton side that are currently on course for Champions League qualification.
Bwin’s 3-way betting market reflects QPR’s shocking form and has the hosts as outsiders at 23/10, while an Everton win is available at 11/10 and odds on the game finishing as a draw, just as it did at Loftus Road last season, are 12/5.
Everton will not be looking to settle for a point this time around though as they could move up as high as second in the table with all three points on Sunday and their form suggests they won’t be fazed by playing away.
The Toffees have picked up seven points on their travels, losing just once, with only Manchester United and Arsenal having earned more. This is impressive from Everton, especially when compared to QPR’s home form which has seen them collect only one point and score just one goal.
This lack of goals makes 39/20 on the home side not to score one of the standout bets of the game and surely one not to be missed out on. If you prefer a more positive bet then why not try 33/20 on Everton to score over 1.5 goals over the 90 minutes, which makes sense when I tell you that they have averaged two goals a game in their four away fixtures.
Sticking with the goal scoring theme would appear to be the way to make a return from your money on this game as David Moyes’ side have the strongest first-half away stats in the league and QPR the worst first-half home stats.
You can find odds of 5/4 on Everton to score the first goal in the opening 45 minutes or longer odds of 5/1 could be taken on Everton winning both halves of the game.
My number one tip for this match though has to be 12/5 on Everton to win the game having lead at the half-time break as they have done on three occasions already.