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Nic Ladds 14th Dec 2009 - 10:52

No Magilton, no smiles and no points for QPR

A visit to the Hawthornes could not have come as a worse time for QPR who are plummeting down the Championship table and are 9/2 to record a victory while the home side are at odds of 4/6.

Just one win in their last seven games has seen Rangers drop from the top four down to 14th and having looked unstoppable in October, scoring goals for fun they are now conceding them at an alarming rate and with manager Jim Magilton suspended, things don't look like improving for QPR.

Magilton is suspended for reportedly head-butting Akos Buzsaky and is currently being investigated so as a result youth team coaches Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham will take charge while Buzsaky will find himself on the bench.

West Brom can proudly boast the best strike force in the Championship with 41 goals in 20 games and for QPR this is ominous as they have conceded 12 in their last four games and punters may well be steaming in to scores like 3-0 at 10/1, 4-0 at 22/1, 4-1 at 22/1 and even 5-0 (50/1) and 6-0 (125/1) may be considered by some due to the way Rangers have been playing recently.

An evident lack of harmony is not a good catalyst to get things back on track and even though the Baggies lost to Cardiff last time out, QPR are unlikely to recapture the form that saw them put four past Reading, Derby and Preston and perhaps a draw at 13/5 is the best they can hope for with 2-2 a possible score line at 14/1.

Jay Simpson (8/1 for first goal) and Adel Taarabt (9/1) need to recapture their early season goal scoring form for QPR while Buzsaky if on the bench could be used late on and wouldn't be the worst bet to score last at 10/1 while Patrick Agyemang has two in his last two and is 9/1 to open the scoring here.

Their last game against Cardiff was the first time West Brom have failed to score in six matches but their striking options are numerous and Simon Cox in particular is looking dangerous with four in his last four and is 4/1 to open the scoring along with Roman Bednar, Luke Moore is 5/1 and Chris Brunt 7/1 who gets his fair share from midfield.

It is very hard to see QPR getting anything out of this and even West Brom -2 goals at 9/2 looks appealing while over 3.5 match goals at 7/4 looks worth a bet and a West Brom/West Brom double result is available at 7/5.

Newcastle are running away with the league at the moment and the Baggies have also looked a cut above most of the opposition and their loss last time and largely be attributed to goalkeeper Scott Carson seeing red and providing they don't miss him too much, this should be a walk in the park with Cox, Brunt and co capable of running riot and heaping yet more woe on QPR.


West Brom to win 4-1 - 22/1

Over 3.5 goals - 7/4


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