West Ham United vs. QPR
With games at Arsenal and Fulham to follow this. Rangers are still unbeaten in 2013 after the historical win at Chelsea, a tough rearguard action draw with Tottenham and two FA Cup ties with WBA. QPR won the replay 1-0 at the Hawthorns after a 0-0 stalemate in the first tie to go into the hat for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup which takes place in just ten days time. It also maintains their improvement under Harry Redknapp since he took over with more wins away this month than in the last year and more.
West Ham were knocked out of the FA Cup last night in a 1-0 replay loss at Old Trafford which Man Utd controlled but never put to bed. Whilst it was a narrow loss they didn't really threaten to score but did have a decent shout for a penalty turned down, especially as one of a very similar type was given to United late in the second half, though Rooney put it over the bar in a touch of poetic justice. If he hadn't done so Jussi Jaaskelainen may well have saved it anyway as he has saved 11 of 37 faced since arriving in England and four of those were in FA Cup ties too!
And so, a sports pick for this clash of two of London's lesser teams in recent times. Well, West Ham won the corresponding fixture in October at Loftus Road 2-1, a score they are 15/2 with bet365 to repeat this Saturday. QPR are 11/1 to win by the same scoreline which is available with Wlliam Hill and bet365. It is safe to say that West Ham are having much the better season of the two with standout results like beating Newcastle 1-0 away and holding Champions Man City to a 0-0 draw at home to their credit. And then there was the 3-1 second half trouncing of Chelsea which like QPR, is the result of the season so far for them.
What the Hammers have not done all season long is to win two consecutive games at any stage, their best run being when they drew two and won one sandwiched in between back in November, when they achieved those results I mentioned, but then lost two straight before the defeat of Chelsea. Still, I always find that the Hammers work ethic is exemplory and they play hard and for each other and are sitting 11th in the table 12 points ahead of their next opponents who as we all know, are bottom!
QPR have won two and draw one their last six games, losing three straight right in the middle of all that after drawing three of their first four games since Redknapp took over, his first game being a 3-1 defeat at Man Utd. They have managed to bag ten points from ten games under 'Arry, in stark contrast to the four points from 12 under Mark Hughes and are undefeated in four straight games and notched their third win as I mention in the FA Cup last night.
West Ham are 21/20 on the Premier League betting odds board with William Hill to edge this game and QPR are offered by bet365 at 11/4 to burst West Ham's bubble(s) and take all three points. The draw is at 12/5 with both these bookies and with 13 draws between them thus far this season many of you will, as I am, be leaning towards that outcome. With that in mind and because of QPR's plight and also because of the way they have defended so very well of late against three top seven teams, one of them the European Champions of course, I do not see too many goals in this one and urge you to bet the uder 2.5 in this one, which is 8/11 with William Hill.
So, the bore-draw is at 9/1 with bet365 if you like 0-0 betting at all but with so many bookies offering you your stake back nowadays when this score happens it seems kind of a non-bet to me but that said, 9/1 is still 9/1 and both teams could well settle for that if you asked them beforehand, especially as fatigue could be a factor after their FA Cup exertions this week. Also at 9/1 is QPR to win 1-0 and conversely, the Irons to win by a 2-0 scoreline, both with Pinnacle.
For my football betting, 1-1 at 6/1 or 2-2 at 16/1 both with William Hill are much more viable options as neither team manages too many clean sheets normally although QPR have done just that in three of their last four games in all competitions and like I said, I do not see many goals in this one but then I have been wrong before though have correctly predicted the last two results and correct scores also for QPR.
New signing and returning Hammers hero Joe Cole is 9/1 to score first in this game and record new signing for QPR Loic Remy is at 13/2 to open his account on his debut, which is what he was brought for after all! The two are 10/3 and 15/8 respectively to score anytime with all these odds available at William Hill. QPR talisman Adel Taarabt is 9/4 to score anytime and stalwart defender Ryan Nelson, who has popped up with a couple of goals from defence this season, is a very attractive 33/1 to score first or a more sensible 12/1 to score anytime, all with bet365.
As usual, I have a loyalty bet to place with this one but as my 14/1 away win at Chelsea and 1-0 away win at WBA in the FA Cup at 11/1 have both come in recently then you may want to ride on my coat-tails with this one too and if you do I am leaning towards the 2-1 QPR win at 11/1 with bet365.
Free Football Tips: Away win for me at 11/4 and that 2-1 correct scoreline is as I say, 11/1 both with bet 365.