A pair of away trips to teams dwelling in the Premier League’s lower echelons will provide fierce foes Manchester United and Liverpool with shared grounds for celebration this weekend.
QPR and Aston Villa entertain the two most successful clubs in the history of English football and both will lose without scoring to land a double that pays just shy of 8/1 for punters astute enough to back it.
The savviest of these wager makers best be informed that if they open an account at bwin.com this very day their account will be bolstered by a £30 free bet.
This can be staked on the double in question and a profit of £208.50 can be snared if both teams do the business.
Here’s why we’re convinced they will:
QPR v Man Utd
The R’s have one of the division’s best home records, but they’ve failed to win any of their last three at Loftus Road across all competitions.
Tonked 3-0 by League One’s Sheffield United in the FA Cup last time out, they are hardly in the sort of form that will give a force of Man Utd’s stature cause for concern.
The Red Devils’ recent record against this adversary is one of complete domination; they’ve won six straight renewals, five of which without conceding a goal.
A clean sheet in west London would only be their third in eight away outings, but they’ve not conceded more than one goal on the road since a 2-2 draw at West Brom in mid-October, suggesting their defence is suitably solid.
Contain Charlie Austin, a man who has scored 65 per cent of QPR’s league goals so far, and they stand every chance of upholding their half of this particular bargain.
Aston Villa v Liverpool
The Reds are gradually rediscovering how to win football matches again.
A hard-fought victory at Sunderland last time out stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches, while simultaneously elongating their away day winning streak to four.
The away team hasn’t lost in this fixture across any of the last seven and Brendan Rodgers’ men have prevailed on each of their last three visits to Villa Park.
Two of these came without concession and Villa, whose seven home goals render their forward line the feeblest in the top-flight, failed to bag in any of their previous pair of league outings on their own patch.