iBet: QPR’s Defensive Resolve Crucial In Crunch Encounter

Gareth Purnell

Premier League

Aston Villa V QPR, kick off 3pm

Lay Aston Villa at 1.36 to one with Betfair

Back a drop goal Wales V England at 7/4

The battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League is far more compelling than what’s going on at the top. If we look at the eight-match guide, the teams in the worst form are Stoke, Wigan, West Ham, Southampton and Norwich. Both Villa and QPR are showing plenty of fighting qualities and today’s game at Villa Park is just massive.

Villa win and a nice gap is appearing between them and the bottom three. Lose and they are right back in it, with QPR having a real chance to escape. Both teams came from behind to win last week and the interesting dynamic here is that while Villa’s strengths clearly lie in attack, QPR are showing great defensive resolve – their defensive record away from home the tenth best in the division. Villa have pacey forwards and their game seems more suited to playing away from home and on the break. They have failed to win 11 of their 14 home games and no-one has scored fewer than the 11 they have notched in front of their own fans. In what could be a tight and nervous encounter, one goal could for QPR could be enough here and I fancy Redknapp’s men to come away with at least a point.

The bookies are finding it hard to separate Wales (5/4) and England (5/6) in their crunch Six Nations encounter in Cardiff today. It’s 6/4 that the first scoring play will be an England penalty and 7/4 that there will be a drop goal in the game.

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