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QPR v Sunderland: Sharpened instincts can secure vital home victory

| 08.03.2013

With just one Premier League home win to their name all season, punters could be forgiven for approaching QPR with caution at 5/4 to beat Sunderland at Loftus Road.

However, the sturdiness of their defence in recent weeks can provide them with the foundation to succeed against the Black Cats.

Indeed, the Hoops have kept four clean sheets in their past nine outings in all competitions, a statistic boding well opposing a side that have plundered only 15 away strikes all season.

And with the Mackems winless in five, now could be the perfect time for Harry Redknapp’s men to meet them as they bid to avoid Premier League relegation.

A 0-0 draw emanated from the reverse fixture earlier this term, and it is 9/4 that another stalemate results from this clash, whilst Sunderland are 11/5 for the win.

It should be noted they have lost four of their last six bouts on the road however, and as aforementioned, have struggled on their travels in front of goal.

Thus, considering the Rs have the best defensive record of all the Premier League’s bottom six clubs, they may be worth chancing to shut out their visitors at 9/5.

Punters can have a bigger 11/4 that QPR win to nil, as they did in their only other previous home triumph this season, whilst it is 13/2 that they again victor via a 1-0 scoreline.

And as a low-scoring affair should be expected, the 15/4 that the Hoops come out on top in a game involving less than 2.5 goals may see significant support.

Meanwhile, January addition Loic Remy could be the man to make the difference between QPR staying up and going down, and he has a key role to play in this game too.

Against a backline not blessed with pace, Remy’s ability to get in behind defences significantly bolsters his chances of opening the scoring at 5/1.

And with two goals in only four starts so far, he may also be worth investment to score in an Rs win, as he did in his last outing, at 11/4.

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



John Klee