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Arsenal v QPR: Visitors can inflict another shock for Gunners

| 26.10.2012

Arsenal’s pacey duo of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott are facing fitness tests ahead of QPR’s visit to the Emirates and, judging from their lacklustre performance against Schalke, the services of both are much-needed.

The Gunners are as short as 1/3 to win the match, but this outcome should be steered clear. They haven’t looked like scoring a goal in either of the last two games they’ve played, one of which was against the worst team in the Premier League – Norwich City.

The draw, at 4/1, offers good value, while the 8/1 available for QPR to heap more misery on Arsene Wenger’s men may also be worth a few quid as, historically, the R’s are the sort of side Arsenal would falter against.

Mark Hughes’ men improved vastly to get a point out of their clash with Everton, a game they might have won on another day, while some resolute and organised defending should be enough to keep toothless Arsenal at bay, especially if they’re lacking the pace to get around the back of them.

If QPR do pull off an unlikely victory, it’ll be a tight one. This renders the 20/1 that says they’ll win 1-0 in north London an enticing prospect, while a QPR win or draw with two goals or fewer scored in the game represents excellent value at 16/5.

A Hoops win to-nil is also tempting at 12/1 given Arsenal’s recent woes in the final-third, while a clean sheet for the visitors could also prove profitable at 15/2.

Of the Gunners three defeats this season, two have been courtesy of second-half winners. This deems the 18/1 for the game to be level at half-time and the R’s to snatch a victory in the second 45 the best bet of the match.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton