Monday Night Football: QPR v Aston Villa

QPR and Aston Villa meet at Loftus Road with Harry Redknapp’s side looking to escape from the bottom of the Premier League table.

QPR have taken just four points from their opening eight Premier League games and have conceded a league high 18 goals. There were plenty of encouraging signs for QPR in last Sunday’s loss to Liverpool with them deserving of at least a point. They twice came from behind to level before eventually losing to a last minute own goal from Steven Caulker. Bobby Zamora and substitute Eduardo Vargas caused plenty of problems for the Liverpool defence. It was the best performance of the season but they need to improve further and especially so in defence.

Aston Villa have had a tough run of fixtures in the past month with losses to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton. Having taken 10 points from their opening four games they have now dropped down to 15th in the table. Paul Lambert will see this as a good opportunity to get back to winning ways as they will surely get plenty of chances against a shaky QPR defence. Last week’s return of striker Christian Benteke from a lengthy injury is a timely boost as they have only scored four goals so far this season.

Betting:

Match Odds: QPR 7/5 (BetVictor); Aston Villa 23/10 (bet365); Draw 12/5 (Boylesports)

Over 2.5 goals: 5/4 (betfair); Under 2.5 goals 31/40 (BetVictor)

Injury News: QPR still without influential midfielders Joey Barton and Jordan Mutch whilst there are doubts about the fitness of Nedum Onuoha and Sandro who both had to be substituted last week. Aston Villa still continue without midfielder Fabian Delph, out until January 2015, but will be hopeful Philippe Senderos can recover from a thigh injury to take his place in central defence.

What The Experts Say: “No team has conceded more goals in the Premier League than QPR (18) and with only one clean sheet all season I really can see Villa ending their goalscoring drought in this one.” Nigel Seeley

Trends:

  • Three of the last four meetings between these sides have ended in a draw
  • QPR have conceded two or more goals in their last five games
  • Aston Villa have never gone five games without scoring

The BetPreviews Pick: Over 2.5 goals at 5/4 (betfair sportsbook) – QPR’s position in the table means that they now have to be more attacking minded in their home games and there were positive signs against Liverpool. However Aston Villa can hurt them on the encounter attack with the pace of Andreas Weimman and Gabby Agbonlahor.

Bookie Buster: Correct Score of 2-2 at 16/1 (general)

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