QPR No Match For Swans' Brend Of Football
QPR v Swansea - Wednesday 20:00 - live on Sky Sports 1
When QPR stormed to the Championship title last year, they did so by beating Swansea 4-0 on Boxing Day at Loftus Road. Even when Swansea went on to gain promotion through the play-offs it was expected that Rangers, with the bigger budget and more experienced squad, would rise to the challenge of Premier League football and not the Swans......
Nine months of free flowing, attacking, passing football has gained the Welsh side plaudits from the good and great of British football and while not mathematically 100% safe from relegation, on 39 points they are far more comfortable than any of the teams below them.
QPR however have toiled all season combining downright awful displays with moments of unbelievable brilliance. Demoralising defeats away at Fulham and Blackburn have been mixed with home wins against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Queens Park Rangers manager will welcome back Bobby Zamora and Joey Barton after both missed out on Sunday's defeat at Old Trafford. Zamora was sidelined with a virus while Barton looks set to replace Shaun Derry following his red card. The red card, Rangers' seventh in all competitions this season, was hugely debatable and highly dubious after Derry was penalised for an innocuous looking coming together in the penalty box with Ashley Young, the result being the card and a penalty to United.
Swansea will look to put the disappointment of losing their last three matches behind them when they face their struggling opponents. Defeats to Everton, Tottenham and most recently Newcastle, have seen Brendan Rodger's team slip to fourteenth in the table but the manager has come out and said that he will not abandon his passing brand of football just to creep over the Premier League safety mark.
Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns with both Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham pushing for recalls after starting on the bench against Newcastle.
The match betting for this clash sees the hosts installed as the favourites and QPR can be backed at 23/20 to earn the points. The visitors are a decent priced 12/5 while the draw is 23/10.
QPR definitely hold the advantage in head-to-head meetings between the teams. The Swans have never won a league game away to Rangers, losing seven and drawing nine, and have only won one of their last fourteen league games against the West Londoners.
It is perhaps no coincidence that on the day Swansea last beat QPR, the Hoops finished with just nine men. With two red cards in three matches, QPR face Swansea without Shaun Derry or Djibril Cisse so William Hill have enhanced the price on QPR having another sending off in this match. The William Hill Match Winner is priced at 6/1, enhanced from 5/1.
Gylfi Sigurdsson to open the scoring @ 6/1.