Relegation to the Championship was confirmed for QPR last weekend after they played out a lacklustre goalless draw away at bottom club Reading, a game in which both sets of players looked to have already accepted their fate.
Three top-flight matches remain for the Rs to restore a little bit of pride in what has developed into a disastrous season, despite beginning with such optimism following a number of high-profile arrivals last summer.
It took 17 games for the Hoops to finally secure their first win of the campaign back in December courtesy of a 2-1 victory at home to Fulham and with just three victories since, it’s little surprise the club face a return to the second tier.
Rangers welcome the league’s form side to Loftus Road on Saturday in the shape of Arsenal, who will be desperate to get back to winning ways this weekend to enhance their chances of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
Arsene Wenger’s men head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to champions Manchester United on Sunday which saw them fail to capitalise on Tottenham’s dropped points at Wigan Athletic the previous day.
Just two points separate the Gunners and fifth-placed Spurs, who have played a game less, while Chelsea sit just one point above Arsenal in third, also possessing a game in hand, in what has become an intriguing battle between the three bitter London rivals.
Arsenal have been priced as big odds-on favourites to secure a league double over QPR on Saturday at 2/5, with the draw at 7/2 and a rare success for the Rs at 13/2.
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last seven league matches, five of which have ended in victory, a run which was sparked by their impressive 2-0 win away at Bayern Munich in the Champions League in mid-March.
It may come as a surprise to some punters, but no side has conceded fewer goals on their travels this season than Wenger’s men, whose defence has been breached just 14 times in 17 away trips, securing seven clean sheets along the way.
That will make for worrying reading for the Rs, who are averaging under a goal a game with 29 in 35 league outings and just 12 at home, while they’ve failed to score in their last three, so a win to nil for the visitors at 29/20 looks a very attractive price.
Of the 66 goals the Gunners have managed to score in the league, 40 have come after the break and they have managed to win the second half on 17 occasions, meaning that at 7/10, they should certainly be considered to win the second period this weekend.
Despite their Premier League status being on the line in recent weeks, the QPR players have shown little desire to fight for the club, which was summed up by their 2-0 defeat to Stoke City in their last home match.
So with Arsenal looking good for the win, the best value of all arrives in the multiple correct score market, where the Gunners are 7/4 to prevail either 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0.
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And if they do secure a fourth successive victory away from the Emirates, Arsenal will be tantalisingly close to securing the top-four finish the club so desperately craves.