Football goes through cycles of en-vogue formations, whether it be the classic straight 4-4-2, the more solid 4-2-3-1, the diamond which threatened to take over earlier in the season or the three at the back that was popular at the last World Cup.
QPR started the campaign with three central defenders, although with Richard Dunne chosen as the most left-sided of the trio, his reluctance to use his weaker foot arguably cost them a key attacking avenue down that flank.
Dunne regularly came back in-field onto his right foot where passing options were more congested.
It certainly makes sense to utilise a left-footed player in this role, with Clint Hill a prime candidate to slot alongside Dunne and Steven Caulker.
Also right-back Mauricio Isla is arguably more at home as a wing-back and this is a role he is used to employing with the Chilean national team and former club Juventus.
Liverpool showed against Arsenal that a 3-4-2-1 formation could be the best way to unpick the Gunners, especially if the wide players stay wide to occupy the full-backs and the two roaming attackers drop into the space either side of the holding midfielder.
Arsene Wenger is not known to adapt his tactics to negate the opposition and so there is every chance that QPR could have similar success if lining up in the same way.
In Eduardo Vargas and Junior Hoilett, QPR have the nimble players with directness and energy that can replicate the impact of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana to get Harry Redknapp’s men on the front foot at the Emirates.
With defeats in all eight Premier League away games, QPR may as well try something different and the key is to avoid getting over-run and out-passed in midfield. The 3-4-2-1 should prevent this from happening.
Like Liverpool, Aston Villa also caused Manchester United problems with a 3-4-2-1 and this formation may be enough to gain QPR a first positive away result of the season.
It is 13/5 that QPR either win or draw away at Arsenal in the double chance market, with 17/2 seemingly a big price on the away win, given how open Wenger’s men look through midfield at present and how feeble they look in the air at the back.