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Hull v QPR: Loss of key midfielder plays into Tigers’ hands

| 20.02.2015

A game with huge bearing on the Premier League relegation landscape takes place at the KC Stadium where both Hull and QPR, one place below their hosts in 17th, find themselves in the alien position of chasing successive wins.

Just one point separates the sides hovering precariously above the drop zone and given the stakes involved the 23/10 about a draw will interest many a punter.

This result garners more attraction from the fact three of the last four meetings between the clubs have ended in parity.

There is some magnetism in QPR’s odds of 14/5 on lightning striking twice in succession.

Chris Ramsey’s managerial appointment coinciding with an end to the most wretched away run in Premier League history at Sunderland last time out holds most pull.

Despite this galvanising effect however, the 2-0 win came at a price. Leroy Fer’s knee injury saw the R’s most influential creative midfield force withdrawn on 75 minutes and the Dutchman won’t feature again until April at least.

Based on the myriad of stats compiled by WhoScored.com Fer holds the highest overall rating of any QPR player in Premier League terms, while the four-goal, two assist midfielder comes second only to Charlie Austin the offensive department.

Not for this reason alone, but certainly in lieu of it, punters should take Ladbrokes up on their 1/1 offering about a third home league win in four games for a Hull side on the upturn.

Only the cruellest of free-kick blows prevented Steve Bruce’s men taking all three points at the Etihad Stadium on their last away trip, before Aston Villa were soundly beaten 2-0 at the KC last time.

The addition of January signing Dame N’Doye, who scored on his full home debut against Villa, is also a huge plus, but a newfound defensive rigidity will be most pleasing for Bruce.

Hull to win 1-0 or 2-1 in the coupled correct score market at 5/2 is worth a small investment as a result.

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.