Let’s start with a positive for QPR supporters. They may have lost 3-1 at Everton, but Bobby Zamora’s late consolation was the first away goal they have scored in the Premier League this season by a player not named Charlie Austin.
Rangers have now lost all eight top-flight away games this season and to add insult to injury, they were also beaten on the road at League Two’s Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup.
This form is hardly a major surprise as they have never really been great travellers. In their last three Premier League seasons, they have only managed a total of five victories away from home and from their last 30 clashes away from Loftus Road, their points tally is just 13.
To put this into greater perspective, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored over 100 competitive goals since QPR last won an away Premier League fixture.
There is no way they can realistically expect to accrue the 40 points generally regarded as necessary to survive relegation all at home – this is something that only four teams have managed in three of the past four seasons.
Therefore, some away points are needed sooner rather than later, while a win would obviously be even more beneficial. So to the million dollar question, where will QPR’s first away success come from?
A London derby with Arsenal is the next away day for QPR and this is highly unlikely to bring a win. The Gunners sit top in terms of shots on their own patch this season and have not failed to score in any competitive home match since facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League in February.
Burnley are next and are favourites at 5/2 to hand Harry Redknapp a first away victory.
This seems logical as no team have failed to score in more home games this season than Burnley.
However, the better bet may prove to be Hull at 8/1, who QPR travel to on February 21st.
The Tigers have had fewer goal attempts from inside opposing penalty boxes than any other Premier League club at present and lack a regular and reliable source of goals too.
We may be a few months away from the QPR clash, but the fact Hull have only scored twice across eight matches is a concern, alongside knowledge that they have had fewer shots on target than the opposition in their last seven top-flight encounters.