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P.J. Murray 7th Apr 2012 - 22:06

QPR just a hurdle to title success

Mark Hughes visits his old stomping ground with a resurgent QPR side as both the title race and the battle to avoid relegation meet at Old Trafford.

QPR currently sit in 17th after a goal from an unlikely ally helped them out of the relegation zone while United could go eight points clear with a win.

Everyone is expecting a Man Utd win and most pundits have predicted QPR to be relegated, but in all fairness, what does anyone really know?

Blackburn parked the bus for 80 minutes and were dead on their feet when Man United managed to turn the screw. No subs by Steve Kean seemed bizarre, but Mark Hughes will not make the same mistake.

The former Man Utd legend and Man City manager Hughes will have his side fully prepared for this but will it be enough?

Unsurprisingly Man United are short price favs at 1/5, especially when you consider that QPR have only picked up 2 points from their last nine away games.

The visitors are 14/1, but they have recorded wins over the mighty Liverpool and Arsenal and have really boosted their chances of survival.

Adel Taarabt scored his first goal of the season in the 2-1 win against Arsenal and he is 16/1 to replicate that and score the opener. To be fair to the mercurial Moroccan, now that the duct is broken, the goals may well start flooding.

Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in his last ten appearances for the Red Devils, he also scored the opener after 50 seconds when these sides met at Loftus Road. The 26-year-old is 9/4 to open the scoring and 1/2 to hit the net at anytime.

QPR have managed to keep it close in the majority of their games, their 3-1 loss to Sunderland recently is their biggest defeat this year. The visitors are 11/8 with a two goal head start and what also might be temping is the 2/1 about them drawing with a two goal handicap.

The Hoops have scored six in their last three games, something they seemed to struggle to do until recently, and it's 21/20 for both teams to score.


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