Premier League – Manchester United v QPR Preview
Queens Park Rangers upset the odds to take maximum points against Arsenal last week, boosting their survival hopes in the process. But they are going to need more of the same in the coming weeks if they are to avoid the drop and it may be asking a lot of Mark Hughes’ team to scale the heights again so quickly for a visit to Old Trafford.
Hughes asked for his players to stand up and be counted against Arsenal and they responded in fine style. The Welshman will have been particularly pleased with the performance of his midfield against the Gunners, with Samba Diakite and the oft-wayward pair Adel Taraabt and Joey Barton all showing total commitment to the cause. But you get the impression that there will be plenty of ball-chasing and not much ball-winning when they take on United, especially if Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes both start. The champions are adept at keep-ball and won’t be fazed if they have to wait a while to unlock the Rangers’ defence. Blackburn looked to have done enough to frustrate them at Ewood Park on Monday but were undone by two late goals and Rovers have a very similar profile to QPR.
With just seven games to go, the title is clearly there for United’s taking again and they’ll be eager to keep up the pressure on arch-rivals City, who have definitely begun to falter in recent weeks. The Red Devils have won their last seven Premier League matches and haven’t conceded in their last four. It’s 8/11 that QPR won’t manage a goal at Old Trafford and United are 11/2 to win 2-0, which was the score when the teams met at the Rangers Stadium earlier in the campaign. Wayne Rooney, who took less than a minute to break the deadlock that day, is 5/2 to score the game’s first goal in the reverse fixture and if there are five or more goals scored in the match, we’ll refund all losing correct score, scorecast and first/last goalscorer singles.