QPR v Arsenal: Gunners to edge past goal-shy Rangers

4May 2013

England - Premier League


Newly relegated QPR host top four chasing Arsenal and Paul Robinson can only see this game going one way...


QPR v Arsenal

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QPR sealed their fate by drawing at Reading last weekend and with three game to go, they're playing for pride. Given the announcement that Harry Redknapp will be  continuing his role into next season it will be interesting to see whether he fields some of the players that he feels will still be at the club next year.


The likes of Loic Remy, Christopher Samba, Jose Bosingwa and Adel Taarabt could all be set to move to pastures new and while Remy has performed with credit, the latter  three have been in and out at best.


Rangers haven't won since beating Sunderland 3-1 at the start of March and since then they've picked up just two points from a possible 18, scoring a mere five goals.  Perhaps even more damning is that they have fired blanks in their last three and they've failed to find the net in six of their last eight matches at Lofus Road. That  makes backing Arsenal to win to nil look like a huge price at odds of around 2.4.


The Gunners are clinging on to fourth place after dropping points in two of their last three fixtures. Fortunately for Arsene Wenger, Spurs and Chelsea still have to  face each other at Stamford Bridge and his Arsenal side certainly have the easiest run-in of the trio.


Olivier Giroud is suspended following his red card at Fulham so Lukas Podolski will likely lead the line in his absence with Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla flanking  him. While that does sound good on paper, Podolski has scored just three times in the league in 2013, Walcott has one in nine Cazorla one in eight.


In their last away match, Arsenal edged past Fulham by a goal to nil and that was with the aid of playing against 10 men for the vast majority of the game. They didn't  even create that many chances and there seems to be a serious lack of cutting edge about them at the moment.


Nevertheless, I expect Wenger's side to have too much quality for QPR but I don't expect it to be a cake-walk. Arsenal's last three fixtures have all had two goals or  less - as have five of their last eight on the road. Under 2.5 goals can be backed at 2.4 on the Exchange and that screams value to me.


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Keywords: QPR, Arsenal, Gunners, Rangers

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