Arsenal travel to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers as 2/5 odds-on favourites to keep their Champions League bid going with a win. The hosts are 13/2 for a win – an unlikely shout and you don’t know if that would please R’s fans or infuriate them after a six-match winless run against lesser teams has sent them down.
A draw is priced 7/2. Here are a few stats to look at ahead of the encounter:
3: Three of Mikel Arteta’s six goals this season have opened the scoring, meaning the regular penalty taker has as many first goals as Theo Walcott and one more than fellow club top scorer Santi Cazorla. Arteta is 25/2 to net first against QPR, just as he did in the first fixture between the sides in October.
7: The number of away clean sheets Arsenal have kept in the Premier League this season – more than any other side and a sign that the Gunners have bolstered up at the back on the road this term. The visitors are 23/20 to keep a clean sheet.
6: QPR are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Arsenal at Loftus Road, albeit most of these took place in the 90s. The odds on the double chance market of QPR winning or drawing are 39/20.
10: Of QPR’s 17 home fixtures so far this season, ten have seen less than 2.5 goals – only Sunderland and Stoke fans have seen more low scoring home games. The odds on Arsenal to win a game with less than 2.5 goals is 11/4.
40: Arsenal have a clear tendency to net in the second half this season, with 40 of their 66 Premier League goals falling after the break. The Gunners are 3/5 to score the first goal in the second half.