Crystal Palace’s stubborn resistance may have derailed QPR’s Loftus Road gravy train momentarily, but the visit of Swansea promises a new head of steam.
Garry Monk’s men arrive off the back of a 4-1 hiding against a Liverpool side not known for their ability to cut loose on home turf this term.
What’s more, the Welshmen were given their Anfield going over more than 24 hours after Rangers were held by Palace.
Swansea’s latest reverse compounds some pretty rotten road form and makes a more-rested QPR look a solid 7/4 win bet when the sides do battle on New Year’s Day.
The Swans’ 4-1 defeat against Liverpool was a sixth in ten away games this season and they’ve now tasted travelling success just once since the opening day – a run of nine outings.
Fatigued as much by the knowledge of their road-going failings as the reduced amount of rest they will have to endure, it’s not a good time to be visiting the R’s stronghold.
Harry Redknapp’s side have hidden the multitude of sins that is their own downright derelict away form under four wins and two draws in their last six games at Loftus Road.
Goals have come by the brace during that period, with at least two harvested in seven of their last eight outings on home turf.
Given Swansea have struck once or not at all in their last eight beyond the confines of the Liberty Stadium another two goals should be enough for QPR to land the odds.
Further encouragement for Super-Hoops backers can also be drawn from their gutsy showing against Arsenal at the Emirates two games back.
At odds with many of their away showings this term, Redknapp’s men attacked with purpose and intent, seemingly indicating a rising tide of confidence within the camp.