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QPR v West Brom: Baggies’ capital curse to continue

| 19.12.2014

QPR may have been taken apart by Everton last time out but Harry Redknapp’s side have shown signs of improvement of late and are difficult to beat on their own patch.

The Hoops have lost just one in seven games at Loftus Road and with the Baggies winning just four of 23 away from home the hosts are rightly priced as 13/10 favourites.

The draw is on at 23/10 and Albion can be backed at 21/10 to take all three points but here are some better value bets to ponder:

QPR to win 1-0 @ 13/2

With QPR boasting an enviable home record and the Baggies short of form on the road backing the home win is tempting.

But when you consider that four of the last five meetings have been settled by a single goal and that Albion have won just once in 10 games against London clubs a repeat of the 1-0 scoreline last time the sides met looks the way to go.

Charlie Austin to score first @ 9/2

Austin remains the highest scoring Englishman in the league and after missing the last game through suspension will be eager to pick up where he left off – with a goal.

The former Burnley, Swindon and Poole Town striker has smashed eight goals so far this season, including six in his last seven outings, and with six of his eight coming at Loftus Road he looks a sure thing here.

Scorecast – Charlie Austin – QPR 1-0 @ 22/1

With the above two bets making our top three it would be remiss of us not to advise at least a small wager on this outcome.

In five of the six games that Austin has scored at Loftus Road this season QPR have gone on to win, with champions Manchester City the only side to have conceded and avoided defeat.

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

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.