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West Ham v QPR: Wait for away win to continue for Rangers

| 04.10.2014

With just one win to their name, and languishing in the relegation zone, QPR will be hoping ‘Super Sunday’ will be just that, but a tricky trip across London may not be the solution.

Priced at 10/3 for victory Harry Redknapp’s side look an unattractive prospect away at the Boleyn Ground and look set to struggle again.

We start off with a straightforward pick for our three best bets for the contest in the capital.

West Ham to win @ 10/11

Despite winning just two of their opening six Premier League games, we are seeing a very different West Ham grace east London this season.

With more flowing, attractive football on show from Big Sam’s men there is a sense of hope among the Hammers faithful.

Their display and dogged determination against Manchester United was in vain last week, but we like the look of them to subject a QPR side that has just scored one goal on their travels to a fifth straight loss on the road this campaign.

West Ham to win 2-1 or 3-1 @ 21/5

The Hammers have seen off their local rivals on two of their last three meetings, both times with the scoreline of 2-1.

And six games in, we have seen enough to believe that same result could be impending.

The Upton Park side have scored two or more in three of their last four games, and with key combative midfielders Sandro and Joey Barton likely to be missing for the visitors, a treble could be on the cards.

However, while last season Sam Allardyce set up his team to defend as a priority, their new-found style has seen them lapse at the back on a number of occasions. Having not kept a clean sheet all season, we fancy QPR to get on the board.

Charlie Austin to score anytime @ 29/10 or first @ 7/1

If Rangers are to get on the scoresheet, there is one man who stands head and shoulders above the rest as the man likely to do so.

The former Burnley man scored a sublime goal in a recent defeat to Southampton and will travel across the capital full of confidence.

With two goals so far this season, the 25-year-old is showing an aptitude for Premier League football already.

And he certainly showed a passion for causing misery on other London clubs when playing in the Championship, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances against capital sides.

He could be the man Winston Reid and co need to keep an eye on.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.