QPR v Leicester Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions
Rangers to keep a grip on top spot in Championship?19th December 2013 / Lee A Jackson
QPR v Leicester Betting Preview
A clash inside the top three of the Championship as the calendar moves quickly towards the busy Christmas period. Will Harry Redknapp’s men be able to hold on to top spot at Christmas? That is the big question here, as with a big enough win, Leicester could go top, or Burnley could also sneak in as well. Big promotion credential questions will be asked here.
QPR v Leicester Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
QPR 23/20, Draw 12/5, Leicester 9/4
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QPR v Leicester Betting Tips:
Rangers have a two point lead over Burnley at the top of the Championship, and in good enough form to perhaps crucially avoid defeat in this one. Harry Redknapp’s men have only lost one of their last eight in the league, but they are still ticking over without a great deal of firepower. Rangers are only averaging 1.2 goals per game this season, but they have Charlie Austin who is always going to be great value in the Anytime Goalscorer market at a price of Even Money. Rangers took a 2-0 win away at Blackpool last weekend to get their title challenge back on track. The thing about Rangers being a low scoring side is that they can get away with it because of a great defence. QPR have only let in two goals in their last five matches in the Championship and both of those came in a defeat against Doncaster.
At Loftus Road this season,QPR are undefeated in the league having posted eight wins and two draws from their ten games. They have only conceded two goals there all season as well in the league and have three consecutive clean sheets there. So there is a chance that they will record another and punters will have a good long look at QPR To Win To Nil at a price of 5/2 with online bookmaker Paddy Power. The Foxes will be looking to really get their promotion chances going again after having stuttered their way through December so far. They snapped a two game losing streak last time out, managing to hold Burnley to a 1-1 draw. But at the end of the day, there will be questions over their away form, as they are without a win in three (D1 L2) and three defeats in their last six on their travels.
David Nugent is top scorer for them with ten in the league for the season, and he is trading at 2/1 in the Anytime Goalscorer market. Leicester have scored at an average rate of 1.5 goals per game on the road, but they have conceded almost as much away from home. The thing about QPR is they are defensively strong, but 80% of Leicester’s away games this season have gone over 2.5 goals. If you want to go over 2.5 goals then that option is running at 11/10 with Paddy Power. It’s not the immediate straight forward option though given the strength of QPR’s defence at home. But Leicester have been conceding and that’s where the value may come from. The Foxes will know the importance of pushing hard in this one. Leicester have only posted two wins in their last seven away matches at QPR in the league though, and have to go as underdogs.
The strength of QPR’s defensive record at home should be the key factor in this one. They aren’t going to give up very much and while this is a tough match, there is value in the R’s at home to just warrant backing them in the outright market for 21/20 with Bet365.
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Form (all competitions)
QPR DWLWDW, Leicester LWWLLD
QPR have won their last two in the league against the Foxes without conceding
Leicester have only won two of their last seven away at QPR
Rangers have a w8 D2 L0 record at home this season in the league
QPR have only conceded two home goals this season in ten played
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