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QPR v Swansea: R’s too strong on their own patch

| 17.08.2012

QPR’s new-look side are expected to gel quickly and get off to a winning start against the Swans. A 1/1 bet, the R’s will be boosted by last season’s home form as they bid to avoid another Houdini-inspired finale at the foot of the table.

Mark Hughes’ men won five games on the spin at Loftus Road to round off what had been an otherwise disappointing return to England’s top table and it was this run of games that, undoubtedly, saved them from the drop.

Their winning streak involved taking the scalps of Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool, as well as recording a hat-trick of clean sheets. They’ll need these performance levels to resurface from the off in order to avoid a repeat of last year’s dreadful start.

Bolton were the visitors 12 months ago and cruised to an unanticipated 4-0 win.

The R’s pre-season exploits signify they are well-placed to prevent a recurrence of this as they prepare to welcome the south Wales side. They have gone unbeaten in six, winning four, conceding four and scoring an impressive 18 goals.

Swansea had an equally bad start in their Premier League bow a year ago, getting thumped 4-0 at Man City.

Ladbrokes have them priced up at 28/1 to be on the end of another 4-0 trouncing to open their second season in the big time, whereas they’re 125/1 to dish one out.

Michael Laudrup has got money to spend following Joe Allen’s transfer to Liverpool and is currently in the running to sign Valencia wide man, Pablo Hernandez. However, it is the already-recruited Michu who has got their fans excited.

The Spaniard weighed-in with 15 goals from Rayo Vallecano’s midfield last year and is 9/1 to mark his Swans debut by netting the first goal of the game.

Alike QPR, Swansea have also been involved in some goal-filled friendlies. They’ve bagged 19 across eight games and, for over/under bettors, a price of 1/1 says that the goal line of 2.5 will be crossed on Saturday.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



James Middleton