Goals have been a problem for QPR so far this season but with a new strike force at manager Mark Hughes’ disposal for Saturday’s game against Wolves, they could have enough in attack to win only their third home league game in 12 attempts.
Only three teams have an inferior goals-to-game ratio on their own ground than QPR this season, with the Hoops mustering just 12 successful efforts in 11 matches at Loftus Road.
However, they could have more joy at the weekend with Bobby Zamora ready to make his debut and Djibril Cisse looking to pick up where he left off at Villa Park on Wednesday, when he scored in his first appearance in Rangers colours.
With Wolves having the worst first half record away from home in the division, it could be worth having a bet on QPR to be winning at half time and fill time.
In the end Cisse’s goal against Villa was not enough for QPR to secure all three points, with the West Midlands side coming back from 2-0 down to rescue a 2-2 draw.
Still, it was a point more than Wolves gained, with the Old Gold going down 3-0 to Liverpool at Molineux.
That result made it 11 games without a win for Wolves in all competitions and Mick McCarthy’s men are priced at 11/4 to end their wait for victory on Saturday.
From a Wolves perspective, a better bet would be on the draw at 49/20, with the last four away games involving the Old Gold ending without a winner.
In fact, their last three Premier League away games – against Arsenal, Bolton and Tottenham – have ended 1-1, suggesting this might be a good option to consider at 21/4.
But with QPR showing signs of improvement under Hughes and having strengthened their squad in the final hours of the January transfer window, they should have too much for an out-of-sorts Wolves team and are attractively priced for a home win at 19/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
A successful £25 free bet on QPR to beat Wolves is set to return £48.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
QPR will be helped on their way not only be a new strike force, but also by the fact that Wolves have conceded three goals in their last two matches against Aston Villa and Liverpool.
Against this backdrop, a bet on QPR to score over 1.5 goals looks good value at 17/20 when it is considered that they are also priced at 17/20 to score fewer than two.
Finally, with Wolves having the worst first half record away from home in the division, it could be worth having a bet on QPR to be winning at half time and fill time.
Priced at 21/10, this bet also plays on the fact that Wolves have conceded more goals in the first half of their away games than any other team and have scored just four times before the break on their travels.
Meanwhile, QPR have proved stronger in the first 45 minutes than they have in the second of late – as proved in recent games against Newcastle, MK Dons, Wigan and Villa – but this time, having established an early lead, they look good to hang on for all three points.
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