QPR’s start to the season couldn’t have been any worse after a 4-0 drubbing at home to Bolton, although Neil Warnock’s side are now positioned in mid-table and a victory on Sunday would mean a healthy return of ten points from six matches.
Rangers produced their best performance of the campaign to date when winning 3-0 at Wolves last weekend, with some of the team’s new recruits giving them a cutting edge going forward, especially Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Now they look to break their home duck against an Aston Villa side that are unbeaten in the league this term, although Alex McLeish’s team have drawn four of their five games and QPR are likely to be a popular bet at 13/10 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets).
Rangers played very well when drawing 0-0 with Newcastle at Loftus Road a fortnight ago and a replica of that performance might be enough to see them home against a Villans team that are missing Darren Bent.
Villa are 12/5 (Blue Square – £80 free betting) to claim their first away win of the season after draws at Everton and Fulham, although the draw (23/10 Victor Chandler) is clearly better value on the basis that the visitors will miss Bent and also operate in a defensive fashion under McLeish.
Scoring goals could be a problem for the Midlands side this season and Gabriel Agbonlahor is the likeliest player to score for the Villa, although Rangers have lots of options in attack and that includes DJ Campbell and Jay Bothroyd, with Barton and Wright-Phillips also likely to pose a threat.
This could be a game where the visitors struggle to live with the pace and energy of the home side, with the Hoops 11/4 to lead at half-time and full-time in this match and a tasty 20/1 about a 3-0 win.