In conversation with news.bwin.com/en/ editor Chris Bryant, Tim Lesnik and Ben Roe argue the respective cases for Wolves and QPR ahead of today’s Premier League clash at Molineux.
CB: So who’s going to win this one boys?
WB: Wolves have got one in the bag, as their odds of evens for the victory suggest. They might have only narrowly escaped relegation last year, but punters need to look beyond that and judge Mick McCarthy’s men on the form they have shown so far this season. Two wins, a draw and a defeat so far this season suggests they’ll have too much for newly-promoted QPR, no matter how much money the Hoops have thrown about over the last couple of weeks.
BR: How did QPR fail to put away Newcastle on Monday night? It was one way traffic for large periods. Messrs Taarabt, Barton and Wright-Phillips showed real class in this match and with numerous new signings it is always going to take time for them to gel, but they showed some really positive signs against the Magpies, doing everything but scoring. I think Neil Warnock’s men will continue to improve and 11/4 to win away at Wolves looks too big in what to me is an even contest – I know where I’m putting my money.
CB: Which players carry the main threat for the two teams?
WB: Undoubtedly Steven Fletcher. The Scot scored five goals in the final six matches of last season and has already opened his account this time around. Back him to exploit QPR’s new back-line’s lack of familiarity at 17/10, or at 6/1 to score first.
BR: Shaun Wright Phillips is blessed with skill and pace, mainly the reason why Chelsea paid Man City £21million for his services, but he failed to hold down a place at Stamford Bridge, and the same scenario occurred after moving back to Eastlands. However, now he will be playing regular football again, I expect him to rekindle the form which saw him a regular in the England picture. He showed me plenty of positive signs against Newcastle and I fancy him to make his mark against Wolves by bagging the first goal at a juicy 14/1.
CB: So how do you see the match going in the first half?
BR: QPR have had a mixed start to the season, the highlight being the 1-0 win at Everton, the low being the 4-0 opening day drubbing at home to Bolton, but Rangers are a side on the up. They started brightly against Newcastle and although they didn’t score they amassed 14 attempts on goal. To me, this suggests they are bound to get on the score sheet this weekend. Facing up against a Wolves team which poses a less potent attacking force, I really fancy the chance of Rangers netting first at 33/20.
WB: A less potent attacking force? Don’t forget QPR have only scored once in the league this season while Wolves have scored four. That said, the Old Gold haven’t found the back of the net in their last two Premier League outings, so the game could be level at 0-0 at half time – that’s available at 7/4.
CB: Bit of disagreement there… what about after the break then?
BR: Well I’m sticking by my guns, and I fancy QPR to bag the first goal in the second half as well at 21/10! I watched their game against Aston Villa and as solid as they looked goals looked few and far between. QPR on the other hand have bought some decent recruits in over the summer and with newly capped Jay Bothroyd leading the attack they can nick a goal and hold off late pressure from Wolves and win 1-0 at odds of 35/4.
WB: Well the one thing I do agree with Ben about is the fact there are unlikely to be too many goals. So I’m putting my money on there being fewer than 2.5 goals at odds of 7/10. But I reckon Wolves are more likely to score than QPR, so I’m going for a 1-0 or 2-0 win. After all, Wolves have kept two clean sheets out of four so far this season. Wolves are 23/10 to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 in bwin’s multiple correct score market, and that’s where I think the value lies.
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