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Michael Taylor 6th Dec 2009 - 19:00

QPR can get back on track at Vicarage Road

A couple of weeks ago it appeared Championship big spenders QPR were finally ready to launch a promotion push, yet, as they make the short trip to Watford this Monday, the main aim is simply getting back to winning ways.

The task is far from simple though against Malky Mackay's surprisingly good Hornets, especially in a stadium that has bared little for recent travellers.

Sheffield Wednesday, Preston and Scunthorpe have all fallen victim to Fortress Vicarage Road over recent weeks and, after their 5-1 drubbing against Middlesbrough, I'm sure a lot of people will be predicting the same fate for Rangers.

However, as we see every week, the Championship rarely works as it's supposed too and I fully believe Jim Magilton's Hoops can leave Hertfordshire with at least a point.

One of the main reasons I fancy QPR has to come down to something as simple as fixture scheduling.

Rangers may have taken a battering against Boro but they had no travel worries as they make the short journey north, whereas poor Watford though were left staring at a 2-0 loss at St James' Park and a nightmare journey back down south.

With just a two day turnaround between games you have to believe travelling could play a major influence on the fitness of what is already a threadbare Hornets squad.

MacKay also has to face up to the fact that he may be without one of his star performers in Henri Lansbury after the Arsenal loanee picked up a knock in the Newcastle game.

As for Rangers, they'll be without recent loan signing Steven Reid but they've still got a wealth of talent available.

The ever dangerous Jay Simpson has looked terrific this season in bagging eight goals, while Akos Buzsaky is finally making a big impact after failing to shine last year.

The former Plymouth man, alongside Newcastle's Kevin Nolan, is one of the few midfield men in the Championship who will supply a steady stream of goals from deeper positions.

It's great news for play-off chasing Rangers and just as good for punters when you see the Hungarian can still be backed at a massive 11/4 to score anytime.

As for Watford's main attacking threats, it's one man who stands out, Manchester United starlet Tom Cleverly.

It's little wonder Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys sending a fair amount of his young talent to Vicarage Road when you consider Ben Foster, Chris Eagles and now Cleverley have made such in-roads in recent years.

The 20-year-old has 6 goals in 16 appearances but it's the work he does for the front men that sets him aside as the main threat to Magilton's men.

The lingering question remains though, will Watford be able to play with the same zip that has brought them so much home success?

I'm not sure they will be able to, and if QPR can take the crowd out of it early then it could be a long night for the Hornets.

Given both sides are 6/4 to win it seems everyone is expecting to be a close one, but, in the circumstances surrounding the game I'd be on Rangers every time, with 1-0 my favourite bet at 15/2.


Akos Buzsaky first goalscorer - 8/1

QPR 1-0 - 15/2




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