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Focus on goals in QPR and Wigan relegation showdown

| 04.04.2013

In a match that either side can ill afford to lose, tensions will run incredibly high when QPR host Wigan at Loftus Road.

And with so much on the line as either team bids to avoid the drop, it may be wise to avoid the 13/10 Rs and 2/1 Latics in the match betting markets, and alternatively seek value elsewhere.

Backing both teams to score in the game at 8/11 looks a good place to start, in consideration of the amount of goals either team have shipped so far this term.

Indeed, between them, this pair have conceded a monstrous 107 league goals, meaning they are in possession of the Premier League’s joint-third and fourth worst defensive records respectively.

Also, both teams have found the net in 19 of QPR’s 31 league outings so far, whilst the same scenario has occurred in 16 of Wigan’s 30 top-flight fixtures this season.

Add in that each team has scored and conceded in more than half of the total previous meetings between this pairing, including the last two, and the case for backing both defences to be breached appears stronger still.

Furthermore, it should be noted that the visiting Latics have notched in each of their last 11 matches on their travels across all competitions, and their hosts also bagged in more than half these games too.

And whilst the Hoops have registered an underwhelming 11 home strikes so far this season, their more recent efforts in front of goal should not be discounted.

Indeed, 17 goals have emanated from Harry Redknapp’s sides’ last four matches, with the Rs responsible for a majority nine of them.

Those matches also represented five of QPR’s last six in which they and their opponents got on the scoresheet, and everything would appear to point to that trend continuing here at 8/11.

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



John Klee