Without a win in their opening 15 league matches, in which they’ve managed to secure just six points from a possible 45, a return to the Championship is looking ever more likely as each game passes for QPR.
Despite the introduction of Harry Redknapp to the manager’s dugout following the sacking of Mark Hughes two weeks ago, the Rs will need a major upturn in fortunes if they are to retain their place in the Premier League come May.
Up next for Rangers is a trip to the DW Stadium to face a Wigan Athletic side who have also struggled this term, not quite as drastically as their opponents, but they currently sit fifth from bottom having picked up four wins, two draws and nine defeats so far.
The fixture sees the league’s lowest scorers in Rangers, who have notched just 11 goals this term, come up against the second-worst defence, with only Southampton conceding more than the 28 Roberto Martinez’s men have shipped to date.
Both sides will have this earmarked as a must-win game and unsurprisingly, it’s the Latics who are priced as favourites for the win at 27/20, with the draw at 23/10, while a first win on the road in over a year for the Rs can be backed at 19/10.
You have to go back to November last year for the last time QPR secured maximum points away from Loftus Road when they saw off Stoke City under Neil Warnock and they’ve lost all but two of their eight games on their travels so far this season.
They do, however, head into the game on the back of successive draws from Redknapp’s first two games in charge, while Wigan have lost four of their previous five league matches, including their last two on the bounce without scoring.
The defeats that the Rs have tasted on the road this season have all been by the odd goal, save for the 3-1 losses against the Manchester clubs, and they’ll take heart from the goalless draw played out against Sunderland in their last away game.
While the commitment of some of the players this term could be questioned, there’s certainly no doubting the efforts of Jamie Mackie, who has notched two goals in his last three appearances for QPR, including the opener in the defeat at Old Trafford.
The former Plymouth man looks an attractive bet at 11/4 to score at any time for the Hoops and Redknapp appears to like the player, having started him in both his games at the helm, with the forward favoured more as an impact player under Hughes.
In the eight games the Latics have played at home this season, they have conceded twice on seven occasions, and with improved performances under Redknapp since his arrival, there’s every chance the Rs can pick up a vital victory in the north-west.
Martinez will be without regular defenders Gary Caldwell and Maynor Figueroa through suspension and with a lengthy injury list at the club, QPR have been provided with the perfect opportunity to finally get their season up and running.
While it certainly won’t be like the record 9-1 defeat suffered at the hands of Redknapp’s Tottenham side three years ago, a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 away win may look ambitious, but could prove fruitful at a tempting 11/2.
However, for a safer play, I will be taking the 19/10 on QPR picking up all three points by any means required, with winnings of £58 on offer for new bwin customers successfully backing them with their free £20 bet.