Since beating Wigan at Loftus Road in January, the Hoops have taken just two points from their subsequent five matches and will drop into the bottom three if they taste defeat at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
The bookies make Rangers the slight outsiders at 23/10 (Paddy Power £100 free bets) to win this crunch relegation clash, with QPR playing pretty well against Everton last Saturday and they could have nabbed all three points against the Toffees.
Hughes will welcome back Djibril Cisse from suspension for this clash and the Frenchman is a 7/1 chance (Blue Square) to break the deadlock in Lancashire, with Bobby Zamora having bagged a couple of goals since arriving from Fulham. He is a 6/1 poke (Paddy Power bookmaker) to score first.
As for Bolton, they have had a miserable season and it is quite something that Wanderers will clamber out of the relegation zone by winning this match. Owen Coyle’s team are 6/4 (bet365 free bets) to claim just a third home win of the campaign and they were four goals better than their opponents in the reverse fixture.
Wanderers certainly didn’t look like relegation fodder when thrashing Rangers 4-0 on the opening day of the season, although that was one of the few highlights for the Trotters this season and Bolton have lost their last four including a home reverse to Wigan.
We can see this being a scrappy affair that both teams can ill-afford to lose and the draw is something of an inevitability, although perhaps QPR might just squeak the game by a single goal, with Hughes demanding that the players get things right after a series of poor results.