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QPR v Stoke: home form must be kept up to give Rs fighting chance

| 05.05.2012

QPR have maintained survival hopes with four consecutive home wins, and they are looking to make it five this Sunday with the visit of Stoke, at 10/11 to do so.

The travelling side have little to play for, so are attributed a lengthy 3/1 price about a Loftus Road success, which would be only a fifth away win of the season.

Dependant on other results though, a point could prove valuable for the home side, with the draw available at 12/5.

Mark Hughes’ side came out on the right end of a 3-2 thriller in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, making his team one of the few who breached the Potters backline on three occasions this term.

The Rs have found the net three times in two of their last four home games too, so could prove value at 5/4 to score two or three goals in this weekend’s clash.

A shrewder investment could come in the shape of a QPR success in a game featuring three or more goals meanwhile, which is afforded a 12/5 price.

Renewed defensive toughness has reaped back-to-back Loftus Road clean sheets for the Rs, including during their last win against free-scoring Tottenham.

Stoke’s direct style of play could cause problems, but those who fancy QPR to hold firm again can have 13/8 about them keeping a clean sheet, and may also back them to win to nil at a generous 9/4.

This game is of massive significance to QPR, who look to have little hope of achieving a result away to Manchester City so should go all out to get one here to boost their survival hopes.

Hughes looks primed to start with an attacking lineup, and Djibril Cisse should see interest as a first scorer option at 5/1, following his goal at Stamford Bridge last week.

Alternatively, talismanic midfielder Adel Taarabt returns from suspension, and may inspire the Rs by hitting the opener at 6/1.



John Klee