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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Dec 2012 - 16:38

QPR v Liverpool - betting preview

Liverpool (Evens) will look to bounce back from their defeat at Stoke as they head to Loftus Road to take on QPR (11/4, draw 12/5).

The Reds had started to look like they were going to push for the European spots after winning three out of four games prior to Boxing Day's defeat, but such was there poor start to the season they are still hovering around mid-table.

QPR can only dream of such lofty positions in the Premier League table, but they have at least shown signs that they are ready for a battle in recent weeks, going four games unbeaten before losing their last two.

The R's have been unfortunate too, their last game against West Brom could quite easily have been a 2-1 win rather than a 2-1 defeat; Rob Green seemingly being pushed when scoring an OG, and a penalty shout turned down late in the game for what looked a clear handball.

That's the way it goes when you're at the bottom though, these 50/50 incidents seem to go against you, and the chances don't fall in the box from rebounds, Rangers have to keep plugging away and eventually their luck will change.

They might fancy their chances of getting the rub of the green against a Liverpool side who have been relying heavily on Luis Suarez (4/1 first goalscorer), the Uruguayan has played almost the full 90 minutes in every league game bar one and has also featured in the cup competitions - he will surely be feeling fatigued, especially since you consider he has been playing internationally for the last three summers too.

The Reds front man will be helped out from January as Daniel Sturridge will be arriving from Chelsea, but for now they have no option but to play him as he's their only striker, he is part of our Headline Offer on this game, we've enhanced the price on him scoring in an away win from 8/5 to 2/1.

We always have one offer per team, and for the hosts we've enhanced Djibril Cisse notching in a Rangers win from 9/2 to 6/1.

The French striker can be hot-headed to say the least, last season he was sent off twice, but he scored some valuable goals including the winner in this fixture, with two in his last four matches he'll be full of confidence for Sunday's Sky clash.

The hosts have certainly struggled for goals this season, but they've been getting better; it makes me think that this particular fixture they can score, both teams to score is a 4/5 chance.

The match to finish 1-1 is 6/1, with the Reds only winning twice on their travels and Harry Redknapp's team just registering the solitary victory all season, you'd have to think it will be a tight match.

Neither team are particularly dirty, and some of our stats trebles are worth looking at with this in mind: Under 2.5 goals, under 10 corners and under 4 cards is a 7/1 shot, and in just the general card markets you can get 7/4 on their being under 25 booking points.

Both teams will want to sign off for the year in style; as it is fair to say neither Brendan Rodgers' men nor the Hoops have enjoyed a great 12 months, and they will both be looking to perform some major reconstruction to their squads come January.

For Liverpool in particular, the likes of Joe Cole (7/1 FGS) and Stewart Downing (16/1) will be entering last chance saloon in terms of impressing their manager, whereas 'Arry will be thinking several members of his squad will be out on their ear soon unless they make a big impression before the window closes.



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