Eleven games into the Premier League season and all the managers that started the campaign are still in their jobs, but that statistic could potentially change after this weekend as the bottom two clubs meet at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.
Without a win so far this season, having picked up just four points from a possible 33, QPR manager Mark Hughes is under intense pressure given the heightened expectations of the board and the fans after a major overhaul in the summer.
Next up for the R’s is the visit of newly-promoted Southampton, who themselves haven’t had the best of starts to the campaign, as their one win and two draws sees them sit just one place above Rangers at the bottom of the table.
Rangers head into the game as odds on favourites to see off the Saints and record their first win since beating Stoke in May and have been priced at 87/100, with the draw at 5/2, while an away success for Southampton can be backed at 3/1.
Hughes’ side were unlucky not to gain a share of the spoils in their previous outing as they went down 1-0 to the Potters last weekend courtesy of some poor defending and they will be looking to build upon their recent draws at home to Everton and Reading.
Having scored just eight goals in total so far this term, the visit of the Saints provides the R’s with the perfect opportunity to improve their goal tally, with Nigel Adkins’ men conceding 29 goals in just 11 league matches – more than any other side.
Their frailties were exposed once again last weekend as a mix-up between goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and his defence allowed former Saint Nathan Dyer to score and secure a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea City.
The south-coast club are yet to pick up a point on the road so far this season and the 18 times their defence has been breached in five away trips is a joint Premier League record they share with the Blackburn Rovers side of three years ago.
Given the ease with which both sides have conceded so far this season, this match looks to be guaranteed goals and odds of 31/20 for the game to involve over 3.5 goals, as has been the case in two of the last three meetings, looks a great bet.
With the players that Hughes has at his disposal, particularly in attack with the likes of Adel Taarabt, Junior Hoilett and Djibril Cisse capable of causing any defence problems on their day, there is a sense that it has to click at some point for the R’s.
QPR have displayed flashes of their quality at times this season and were able to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road back in September, so if they play to their capabilities, they should have too much for the Saints.
Backing the R’s to secure a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 win in the multiple correct score market at 7/2 – thereby relieving some of the pressure building upon Hughes’ shoulders – could prove fruitful as they aim to ensure the five-point gap from safety does not increase further.
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