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Nic Ladds 29th Oct 2009 - 15:42

Free scoring QPR can outwit the Foxes

Odds of 7/10 say QPR can hand out yet another beating to one of their Championship rivals, with the victims this time being miserly Leicester who are available at 16/5.

QPR have really found their scoring boots recently and have managed to notch four in each of their last three games so punters are bound to be eagerly eyeing up score lines like 4-0 (33/1) and 4-1 (28/1) to the home side.

The Foxes though are no forlorn hope as they're main attacking weapon is in fact their tight defence which has managed to concede just once in the last five games, including a clean sheet in their last three, (an away clean sheet is at 10/3), but they have not come up against an attack like QPR's.

Jay Simpson(5/1 for first goal) has scored six in his last seven appearances and will be well fancied to do so again, while Rowan Vine (11/2) and Patrick Agyeman (6/1) provide ample support and in two ex-Tottenham players, Wayne Routledge (6/1) and Adel Taarabt (7/1) they have two of the most exciting midfielders in the Championship who are thrilling to watch going forward.

The home side do concede, in fact they have conceded an average of a goal a game, including going two down to Derby last time before coming back, and Matty Fryatt (13/2), Steven Howard (8/1) and DJ Campbell (8/1) will be hoping to exploit this to the max.

They will need to, as while Leicester have been miserly they are unlikely to keep Jim Magilton's side at bay so look at scores like 2-0 and 2-1 to the home side, both at 13/2, while if the away team can capitalise on a leaky defence then 2-1 (12/1) or 3-2 (33/1) are worth a look at big prices.

If you're thinking, hang on a minute, a great attacking team against a great defensive team, surely a draw is most likely then the stats would tell you you're wrong. Just one of the last 10 games between these two has ended in a stalemate so the 12/5 could best left alone, along with scores like 1-1 (11/2) and 2-2 (12/1).

While the Foxes do have an impressive defensive record, if they want to win they need to attack with more substance and not rely on a shut out and nicking a goal so over 2 match goals at 10/11 looks a good bet, as does the second half being the highest scoring at evens as it could take Rangers a little longer than normal to break down the stubborn away side.

Both sides have strong play off aspirations with QPR just four points off the top and Leicester three, but the Foxes are a more formidable unit at home and we fully expect the Rangers juggernaut to roll over Leicester with 3-1 looking the best bet at 11/1, while there is little point looking past Jay Simpson for a first scorer at 5/4 in this form, while over two match goal at 10/11 should also reap dividends.

See what is shaping up to be a cracking game live on Friday, Sky Sports 1 at 19:45 and don't forget that with William Hill you can bet in running on a host of markets.


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