The ‘Redknapp revolution’ at Queens Park Rangers didn’t quite kick off in style with a 0-0 draw at Sunderland, but four more days in should be enough time for Harry to sprinkle his magic and put the frighteners on Paul Lambert.
For while Lambert would have been buoyed by his side’s midweek success at home to Southampton, Villa have been appalling away – losing five times out of seven.
So on the face of it, the visit of Villa to Loftus Road seems like a good game for Redknapp to sink his teeth into and the bwin bookies have it that way by making QPR odds-on at 19/20, with the visitors 14/5 and the draw 12/5.
More encouraging for Redknapp will be his own record when facing Villa in the past, having picked up wins against the second-city side as manager of Tottenham, Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth.
But as he has repeatedly stated so far, saving winless QPR from the drop will be “his toughest challenge to date”.
Having seemingly already done wonders for a defence that had conceded an average of two goals per game with their clean sheet against Sunderland, Redknapp will look to pick up another against Villa at 33/20.
The next step will be getting his forwards firing, particularly Djibril Cisse, who scored the opener against Villa on his Rangers debut and is 5/1 to repeat the trick here.
He also has a talented supporting cast, including Adel Taarabt (9/4 to score any time), Junior Hoilett (2/1) and Park Ji-Sung (15/4) all looking to show the new boss why they shouldn’t be wheeled-and-dealed out of the Loft in January.
And with Villa only managing a paltry 11 goals in 14 league games thus far, my faith in Harry leads me to believe he will deliver the Hoops’ long-overdue opening win of the campaign, with a clean sheet to boot.
Taking this into consideration, the multiple correct score market offers the best value, with a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 home win priced up at a very tempting 5/2.
Punters registering with bwin today can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on QPR to triumph by one of those three scorelines will return £70 if the prediction proves successful.
If Villa are to have any hope of stopping Harry making it a magical end to his first full week in charge, their chances lie in the hands of in-form Christian Benteke, who has eight goals in all competitions this season and is 13/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 to notch at any time.
But I’ll be siding with Rangers here and the 5/2 on a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 victory is good enough for some investment.