Meanwhile, Rangers produced a lacklustre display and were eliminated by Chelsea and Mark Hughes will gladly have taken that defeat if it leads to three points at Villa Park on Wednesday night.
A recent 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic means that Queens Park Rangers are out of the relegation zone, although there is little between themselves, Bolton, Blackburn and Wolves when it comes to points.
The visitors are 4/1 (Bet Victor – £50 free bets) to claim victory in the Midlands against a team who are seven points better off at this stage of the season, with Alex McLeish looking for his team to replicate that first-half performance against the Gunners which saw them in control of the match.
At least Darren Bent has started to return to the scoresheet and the striker is a 9/2 chance (Betfred bookmaker) to score the opening goal of Wednesday night’s game against a team who will be looking to keep things very tight against the twin threat of Bent and Robbie Keane.
The home side are odds on with every bookmaker despite only winning three of their eleven home games this season and it might be worth considering a lay of Villa on betfair as a result. Their big problem has been breaking teams down with just 12 goals scored in those home games.
Similarly, Hughes may well have signed an additional striker at Loftus Road by the time that this fixture has been played and it remains to be seen whether Heidar Helguson will be fit for this particular match after being subbed at half-time against Chelsea.