Goals Order Of The Day At Loftus Road
QPR v Aston Villa
Despite a shattering loss to Liverpool last Sunday, QPR will hope they can take positives from the game and get a result to take them off the foot of the table against Aston Villa.
Last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool will live long in the memory for QPR fans for all the wrong reasons as they dominated much of the contest but contrived to finish with nothing. The Reds twice took the lead before Eduardo Vargas twice levelled in the last three minutes but the R’s still lost 3-2 after Steven Caulker put through his own net in the 96th minute to suffer a sixth league defeat in eight outings.
Harry Redknapp’s side remain rooted to the bottom of the table, four points from safety, and have the worst defensive record in the top flight having already conceded 18 times.
After a positive opening to the season in which Villa were undefeated in their first four Premier League games they’ve since lost four in a row and failed to score in any of them, while they are now also the division’s lowest scorers along with Burnley.
Boss Paul Lambert won’t be overly concerned with defeats against Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal –when the majority of Villa’s squad were affected by illness – but their meek surrender against Everton last weekend showed they won’t easily regain their form. Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann have evenly shared all of the Villan’s four goals between them.
Jordan Mutch is out with a hamstring problem with Alejandro Faurlin missing for the season with a serious knee injury. Joey Barton, Rob Green and Nedum Onouha will all be assessed before kick-off with Rio Ferdinad also a doubt, although Dunne seems likely to keep his spot at the heart of the QPR defence despite becoming the Premier League’s record own goal scorer last weekend.
Defender Phillippe Senderos and Nathan Baker face late fitness tests but midfielder Fabian Delph is out until December with a shoulder injury with striker Libor Kovak also sidelined.
Head to Head
Three of the last four clashes between the teams have ended in score draws, but Villa edged a five-goal thriller when the teams last met in March 2013
with Agbonlahor, Weimann and Christian Benteke all getting on the scoresheet for the hosts at Villa Park. The Villans have never won at Loftus Road since the formation of the Premier League but picked up a point in their 2011 meeting when Dunne scored one of his ten goals at the wrong end in the top flight.
When the leakiest defence in the league face the least potent attack it’s difficult to know which side are less worthy of any faith, so it’s hard to pick a winner with any conviction and the match betting market might best be avoided.
Although QPR showed positive signs of improvement last weekend, Villa will look at this game as one to get back on track and so both teams scoring looks the best of the bets overall at 10/11. Vargas looks well-priced at 2/1 to score anytime for the hosts and it can only be a matter of time before Benteke gets on the scoresheet after his return from a long injury layoff, so the 7/4 about the Belgian registering could also be worth backing.