Stranded seven points from safety with just six games to go, ‘Harry Houdini’ looks in need of his finest-ever miracle to keep Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.
Unfortunately for Redknapp, another man has been consistently providing magic at Goodison Park this season – Marouane Fellaini – and with the Belgian back from suspension, the first step towards survival looks even harder for QPR.
Everton are unbeaten in home league matches when Fellaini has started this season and are at short odds of 2/5 to pick up another win when Rangers visit Merseyside on Saturday.
If the Toffees’ home record and QPR’s precarious position aren’t evidence enough of the task facing Redknapp’s side, then their 3Way betting odds of 13/2 to win and 7/2 to draw make it abundantly clear.
Everton boss David Moyes not only has Fellaini to call on but also his in-form countryman Kevin Mirallas and the hosts will surely possess too many weapons for a Rangers defence that has bordered on shambolic in the past few weeks and concedes an average of nearly two goals per away game.
It’s 18/25 for Everton to open the scoring in the first half, with Mirallas looking particularly good value to grab that goal at 5/1 having struck five goals in his last six appearances.
Fellaini has tended to leave his best work for later in games, with more than half of his goals coming in the last 30 minutes of matches, and he is 5/1 to strike last against a side who’ve consistently showed a lack of defensive discipline in the closing stages of their matches.
With such scoring options available, 31/2 for Everton to put three or more goals past QPR is definitely worth some consideration for punters seeking a long-odds option.
Yet Harry’s magic should be enough to inspire Rangers to a competitive showing similar to the one they served up in the 1-1 draw between the sides at Loftus Road back in October, and I fancy them to keep it level until half-time at 6/4, as they have done in a league-high ten away games already this term.
If away games only lasted 45 minutes, QPR would have double the points, but as they don’t, a second-half surge should be enough to see Everton through in a game of over 3.5 goals at 27/10.