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QPR v Arsenal: Gunners to add to Hughes’ drop worries

| 30.03.2012

The visit of Arsenal would be a daunting challenge for struggling QPR at the best of times, but with Djibril Cisse missing through suspension, they will struggle even more to fulfil their 9/2 odds for a home win.

Arsenal are 8/13 to score victory at Loftus Road, and having won their past three on their travels, the Gunners will fancy their chances for more success here.

It is 11/4 about the draw, but with Arsene Wenger’s men recording six consecutive victories in all competitions, it seems as though they will easily have enough to overcome their relegation-threatened London neighbours here.

A 1-0 result occurred when the sides met at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season, and you can get 8/1 about Arsenal completing the double over Mark Hughes’ QPR by that scoreline here as well.

However, more goals look likely this time round, with the travelling side averaging more than two goals per game in the Premier League, and QPR conceding close to this average, a 2-0 Gunners win could be the way to go, also priced at 8/1.

Arsenal to win with two or fewer goals occurring is available at 5/2, but punters could hedge their bets by investing in this outcome, as well as the 7/4 odds that the away side are triumphant with three or more goals in the match.

You can get 7/5 odds about the Gunners entering half-time ahead before going on to win, but as Wenger’s side have been level by the break in 17 of their 30 Premier League encounters this season so far, backing the draw at half-time and an Arsenal win by the final whistle looks the more sensible option at 7/2.

Lethal striker Robin Van Persie is 5/2 favourite to score first for the visitors, but Theo Walcott could continue his improving recent form that included a goal in his last outing, and may be worth taking on at 7/1 for the opener.



John Klee