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David Thompson 30th Sep 2012 - 16:32

West Ham to Hammer the final nail in the coffin for Hughes!


QPR v West Ham

English Premier League

Monday 20:00 - live on Sky Sports 1

QPR go into the game against The Hammers at Loftus Road going in search of their first Premier League win of the season. Mark Hughes will be keen to relieve some of the pressure on his shoulders, which was worsened midweek when his side twice threw away the lead in the third-round tie of the Capital One Cup to lose against The Royals.

Sam Allardyce was also disappointed with his second string West Ham side that lost 4-1 to Wigan in the League Cup also. Their defending was atrocious on a night that flattered their opponents and the manager will not want that complacency to infect the first team on Monday night's London Derby.

The Hammers have had a positive start to the season and lay tenth in the Premier League table with a chance of joining Tottenham in fifth place if they win their game in hand against The Hoops. Despite this Allardyce's men are yet to win away from home in the League and have also failed to find the net on their travels. They go into the game as the 13/5 outsiders which could well be worth a look considering the injury problems faced by Mark Hughes.

Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa, Fabio and Armand Traore are all likely to miss the fixture at Loftus Road which could leave Mark Hughes with massive dilemma in defence. Hopes had been very high this season after Mark Hughes brought in 10 new players, however Reading's draw with Newcastle on the weekend has left the Londoners rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

One positive for Hughes was Djibril Cisse netting his first of the season with a superb long-range effort against Reading. The Frenchman is the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring on Monday night and a 5/4 shot about being an anytime scorer.

For the enhanced wincast offers we have selected Bobby Zamora to score anytime against his old side in a QPR victory. Originally 21/10 we have pushed this out to a tempting 3/1. For the Hammers the focus is on Kevin Nolan. We have enhanced the club captain from 11/2 to 8/1 to score anytime in a Hammers victory.

Looking at the form card this fixture does point to a West Ham win. However QPR do have a habit of playing well in London derbies and Sam Allardyce's men are not that fond of Loftus road. The Hammers have failed to find the net on five of their last six visits to their London rivals. Furthermore, they have not taken maximum points from their last eight meetings in West London, losing six.

The stand out bet in this one has to be the 6/4 available on West Ham Draw No Bet!



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