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QPR v Man United: Austin goal won’t be enough for Rs

| 17.01.2015

Manchester United saw a 27-year record shattered when losing to Southampton at Old Trafford last week and it will take a similar rarity for QPR to win on Saturday.

Rangers have not beaten United since December 1991, drawing three and losing 12 of the meetings since that memorable 4-1 win, and as such it is the Red Devils who go into this tie as the 8/13 favourites.

The Rs, who have been decent at home this term, can be backed at 9/2 to end their 23-year winless streak, but the draw looks perhaps the best they can hope for at 3/1.

There are better bets to be had, however, and here are the top three, according to James Curtis.

Manchester United (-1) @ 29/20

United are unbeaten in five away from home and while three of those games ended all square their 4-0 triumph over QPR earlier this season suggests an easier time this weekend.

United have the last six meetings with Harry Redknapp’s side, conceding a goal in just one of those ties, and would have taken the points despite a -1 handicap on five of those occasions.

Charlie Austin to score first @ 13/2

On paper the visitors have an embarrassment of riches in attack but on the pitch it is Austin who is seemingly the guaranteed goal-getter.

With 13 Premier League strikes the former non-leaguer is showing his rivals up and with eight of those strikes coming first in games the Rs man could have United having to come from behind to get their win.

Correct Score – Manchester United 4-1 @ 22/1

If an Austin opener and a -1 handicap for United are being tipped then it would be amiss not to suggest at least a small wager on the 4-1 scoreline.

United have shown that even when not at their best they are capable of putting four past the Rs and no one would be surprised to see Austin’s name on the score sheet again this weekend, making this an outside bet worth consideration.

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.