Everton vs QPR

England, Premier League, 13.04.2013, 16:00h

QPR were denied a vital win against Wigan last weekend as Shaun Maloney’s 94th minute free-kick drew the game level at 1-1. This result almost certainly means that QPR will be relegated from the Premier League this season, or does it? Could a shock 7/1 victory at Everton this Saturday give them a slender chance of survival? evertonvsqprEverton are currently 6th in the Premier League table and are vying for 4th place and that all-important last Champions League spot. The Toffees have done well to turn around their recent slump and now are well in the mix for 4th, fighting against Tottenham & Arsenal. However, they are four points off 5th place Arsenal and if they wish to continue their challenge for Europe then they will see this as a must win game. Everton are a very strong home side and have won their last three home Premier League matches, including a well fought out 1-0 win over Manchester City. However, Everton do have the habit of under-performing against the lesser sides in the division and much prefer playing as the under-dog themselves. Wigan won 3-0 at Goodison Park a few weeks ago in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and struggling Aston Villa picked up a point from a 3-3 draw in the Premier League, a match they lead for the best part of. QPR have actually played some good football in recent weeks, but have been shooting themselves in the feet with lapses of concentration and silly challenges which have proved pivotal. Against Fulham Chris Samba gave away a penalty and gifted Berbatov a goal both in the opening 10 minutes of the match, and against Wigan, in the all-important relegation scrap Bobby Zamora made a dangerously high challenge and was sent off in the first half. In both of these matches QPR have shown that they are capable of playing good football and scoring goals, but one thing is for sure; they need to be more disciplined on the pitch. Two players that have been playing well for the Londoners in recent weeks are Anders Townsend and Loic Remy. Townsend has been magnificent on the flank for QPR, using his speed, agility and skill to take the pressure off the defence and create chances for the strikers. He has also chipped in with some vital goals since his loan move from Tottenham. The young winger is a massive 5/1 to score any time against Everton, which may be worth a punt.  Loic Remy’s sublime strike against Wigan on the weekend looked as if it was going to secure a vital win for the London side. The superb counter-attack was finished off by the Frenchman with a cool side footed effort into the top corner. Since his big money January move from Marseille the 26 year-old striker has scored 5 goals in 8 Premier League appearances. He is 17/2 to open to scoring at Goodison Park on Saturday and 9/4 to score anytime. Everton come into this match as very strong 4/11 favourites, with the draw at 7/2 and the QPR away win at a big 7/1. Do Everton deserve to be 4/11 and more importantly, do they represent any value? Well, you could argue that they do deserve to be so short, but given the fact QPR are capable of springing about a shock result (1-0 win at Chelsea) and they have do have clear talent, we certainly wouldn’t be lumping on. In fact, we would rather oppose. QPR have shown some signs of promise in recent weeks and despite their evident frailties defensively we feel that they have enough up front in Remy, Townsend & Taarabt to cause Everton problems and come away with at least a point. However, as QPR are so unpredictable we have opted to go with goals instead. QPR to score before half time represents excellent value at a massive 11/4 and will be our best bet for the match. Remy is capable of scoring against any team and will the need to pick up points we can see QPR having a go here and catching

Bet: QPR to score before HT @ 3,50


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