QPR’s tour of Cornwall and Devon continues with a trip to Home Park for a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle, which doubles up as a testimonial for the Pilgrims’ long-serving goalkeeper Romain Larrieu.
Rangers’ trip to the south-west started with a comprehensive 13-0 thrashing against Tavistock and Plymouth will be hoping tonight’s game doesn’t prove to be a similar mismatch.
Odds of 1/2 on a QPR victory suggest Plymouth will have their work cut out, although Hoops defender Clint Hill has been quick to point out that anyone expecting last season’s Championship winners to reach double figures for the second match running are likely to be disappointed.
“This will probably be our most difficult fixture of the pre-season so far,” he said.
“Grounds can be pretty dead during pre-season but it should be a good turn-out for Larrieu because he has been there for a good few years and has been a very loyal player for them. They will be up for it, and I expect it to be a good test.”
As such, anyone considering odds of 13/10 on there being more than 3.5 goals in the match will have to think twice.
Indeed, QPR only scored more than 3.5 goals nine times in league matches last season – the fourth-worst record of any side in the division.
However, this could be offset by the news that Plymouth had the third-worst defensive record in the division below QPR last season, with their defence being breached 74 times.
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