Both sides will be desperate to lift themselves out of the relegation zone this weekend. Goals will be flying in, however who will be on top at the final whistle?
Eighteenth placed Burnley and nineteenth placed QPR are two sides who have been struggling at the wrong end of the table for most of the season to date, however both will be confident of finishing this match with points in their pockets.
The Clarets have indeed enjoyed some decent form of late and come into this match on the back of a four-game unbeaten run. Sean Dyche’s men appeared somewhat out of their depth in the opening few weeks of the new campaign, however they are on the verge of lifting themselves clear of the drop zone and a win over QPR at Loftus Road would place them in a position unthinkable only a few weeks ago.
Victories against Hull City and Stoke City and draws with Newcastle United and Aston Villa would suggest that Dyche’s side are adapting to life in the top flight at long last. As such, they will certainly prove themselves a difficult obstacle for QPR to overcome as the West London side fight their own battle to haul themselves clear of the drop zone.
Queens Park Rangers continue to display the kind of inconsistency which has resulted in them being in their current precarious position. They can boast two victories and a draw from their last six outings, however they have as yet failed to string together any real unbeaten run of note and such have been unsuccessful in finding a route away from the bottom end of the table.
They will gain some confidence from the fact that they have only suffered defeat in one of their last five games and they have managed seven points during their relatively good run. They could have sealed an important point against Liverpool, the Merseyside club storming back to finish 3-2 winners in dramatic fashion.
They start this match as 11/10 favourites at Paddy Power to manage a home win on Saturday, a Clarets win up for grabs at 16/5 with Boylesports and a draw available at 5/2 with the same firm. These prices don’t hold much interest for us however and we’ll be looking elsewhere for something more backable.
One such place is on the Both Teams to Score market with William Hill offering 10/11 for such an outcome. We also fancy this match to produce in excess of 2.5 goals at 23/20 at BetVictor. QPR have managed to find the back of the net at least twice in each of their previous five matches at Loftus Road in the Premier League and they will be facing a rather suspect Burnley defence on this occasion. The Loftus Road defence is also less than solid to say the least with ten goals conceded in the last eleven matches, so we expect the net to be bulging at both ends on Saturday.
Our betting tips
Over 2.5 Goals – BetVictor 23/20
Both Teams Scoring – William Hill 10/11
All odds were correct at time of posting.