This weekend’s fixture at the Reebok Stadium sees two sides in serious danger of relegation come head-to-head as second-from-bottom Bolton Wanderers take on a QPR side who sit just two points above them in 16th.
Wanderers have been priced as 5/4 favourites for the victory in bwin’s 3way football betting market, with the draw at 23/10, while QPR can be backed at 21/10 to emerge with all three points.
Owen Coyle’s Bolton head into the game without a win in their previous five league games, having lost the last four, and their lack of goal threat has been exposed – they have managed to find the net just once during that period.
They have, however, already beaten the R’s this season, recording a 4-0 victory on the opening day of the season, albeit against a very different looking Rangers side, with very few of the players who played that day likely to feature on Saturday.
Goals could be on the cards as two of the league’s leakiest defences take to the field, with Bolton managing just three clean sheets this season, while you have to go back to October for QPR’s last shut-out.
Mark Hughes’ side are also without a win in five, having collected just two points from a possible 15, and with five of their remaining 11 league games coming against the sides currently occupying the league’s top five positions, this is a must-win game.
Despite both sides’ poor form in front of goal, goals could be on the cards as two of the league’s leakiest defences take to the field, with Bolton managing just three clean sheets this season, while you have to go back to October for QPR’s last shut-out.
Odds of 22/25 can be had for the game to involve over 2.5 goals and it’s 67/100 for both teams to score, which are bets worth considering when taking into account the fact that both sides will be desperate for the victory in their bid for survival.
Hughes will welcome the return of striker Djibril Cisse after he completed his three-match ban last weekend and alongside Bobby Zamora, the Londoners have more than enough firepower to cause the home defence some problems.
Having scored on his debut for the R’s in a 2-2 draw away at Aston Villa, the Frenchman looks an attractive bet at 17/10 to score at any time, while strike partner Zamora, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend, is at the same price.
Despite their hosts’ poor home record, which has yielded just two victories, the R’s have not managed to win on their last five visits to the Reebok, but they surely won’t get a better opportunity to improve on that record.
One factor which must be taken into account regarding QPR’s poor run of form is that they have been reduced to ten men in three of their league fixtures since the turn of the year, two of which they were leading before going on to lose.
Should QPR manage to keep all 11 men on the pitch, they should have just enough quality to see off Wanderers and odds of 6/1 for a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 away win in the multiple correct score bet looks great value.
Recommended bet: Over 2.5 goals in Bolton v QPR @ 22/25
Outside punt: QPR to beat Bolton 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 @ 6/1