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Liverpool should be in the goals against QPR at Loftus Road

| 21.03.2012

QPR have now gone 19 league games without keeping a clean sheet and though Liverpool are hardly prolific on their travels, it’s worth backing the Reds at 5/4 to score two or three goals.

Kenny Dalglish’s side have scored at least once in all but one of their last seven matches in all competitions.

But that won’t necessarily guarantee them all three points as they rarely enjoy a shutout.

Liverpool have failed to keep the opposition at bay in six of their previous seven encounters in league and cup, and have conceded nine in five previous league fixtures away from home.

QPR meanwhile have scored in ten of their previous 12 league outings at Loftus Road, so there’s every reason to think both teams will score in this one.

A score draw is on offer at 10/3, while it’s 4/6 for both teams to find the net.

But the Hoops have only once managed to score more than a solitary goal in seven previous contests at Loftus Road in all competitions. The home side are 2/7 to score 0-1 goals.

As for first goalscorer, Stewart Downing was back among the goals with the winner against Stoke on Sunday.

The winger has now scored twice for the Reds in the FA Cup, but is still on the hunt for his first league goal in a Liverpool shirt.

Downing struck seven league goals for Aston Villa last season and broke the deadlock on no fewer than six occasions.

The 27-year-old is 16/1 to net the opener at Loftus Road or to score the last goal, just as he did at Anfield last time out.

Elsewhere, QPR have conceded the first goal in each of their last four league clashes and were behind at the interval in three.

Liverpool are 11/10 to take a first-half lead and are 5/4 to be ahead at the break.



Richard Anderson