Will Hughes come unstuck against the Toffees?
As Queens Park Rangers prepare to host Everton in this Super Sunday clash, Mark Hughes will know that a loss will push him closer to the chopping block, whilst Everton will be determined to continue their unusually strong start to a Premier League season.
David Moyes has guided his team fourth in the Premier League after seven games and with impressive wins over Swansea, Aston Villa, and Manchester United. Signings such as Kevin Mirallas have seemed to invigorate the squad, whilst the loss of Tim Cahill and Jack Rodwell hasn't affected the style of football the Toffees have played.
After a delayed trip to Poland was eventually completed, Phil Jagielka returns to a squad that boasts a whole load of international stars, and after a weekend of goals scored by defenders he will hope to inspire a win for Everton (33/1 that Phil Jagielka scores first), and with Everton's record of 6 headed goals this season, the most in the league, it doesn't seem that outlandish!
Having hit the uprights eight times this season, Everton can count themselves as rather unlucky, whilst Rangers are quite the opposite, having seen their woodwork hit the most times in the league (6), and with the potent Leighton Baines creating an average 5 goalscoring chances every game, Hughes' team will need to rely on more than luck to survive. Of cours,e on-song Croatian striker Nikica jelavic is a constant goal-scoring threat, andhas seen his price enhanced from 21/10 to 5/2 that Nikica Jelavic scores in a Toffees win.
With the great potential that Everton possess in unlocking QPR at anytime, it is imperative that the Hoops take advantage of every chance that falls their way, especially when considering they have scored a pitiful three goals in five home Premier League games (11/4 that QPR don't score).
For Rangers, Bobby Zamora has impressed this season, having found the net four times, and being at the centre of their chances. At 6/1, William Hill have enhanced his price to score in a QPR win from 9/2. The big Englishman ha s a strong record against Everton, however Hughes’ slate against Moyes is not so strong, with only two wins in 13.
Coverage of this match begins straight after the Tyne-Weir derby on Sky Sports 1.