Both sides are sitting happily in mid-table but, such is the tight nature of the Premier League, a run of results – good or bad – can have a huge impact.
There is just one point between the clubs and whilst the home side are currently in 11th place in the league, they are only a couple of defeats away from the relegation fight. QPR have lost three of the last four and Neil Warnock will be desperate for his side to stop the rot on Saturday.
They are 13/10 (Coral – £30 free bets) to take all the points but with just one home win all season it may be worth looking elsewhere, especially with regular keeper Paddy Kenny out injured. For reasons that are unclear, they have done far better away from home and given their poor recent form it could be worth looking at the away side.
The Baggies are 23/10 (Stan James – £150 free betting) but they too have lost three of the last four in the league. However, those defeats came against Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool and given they have already defeated Villa and Norwich on their travels they have to be respected.
With both sides struggling for form the draw also has to be a decent shout. There is not much between the sides, as reflected by the league table and the identical points tally over the last four matches. The stalemate is 12/5 (Ladbrokes) and although neither side has drawn many matches this season, a point would steady both ships.
QPR have the worst “goals scored” record on their own patch, with just five from their six games. They lack firepower, with Bothroyd not yet looking a Premier League striker and injuries to Hulse and Campbell limiting their options.
This will be a tight affair and whilst West Brom look the value, we think the better bet may be under 2.5 goals. That’s 7/8 with bet365 and has been the right call in four of the Hoops’s six home matches.