Everton win to nil tempting as QPR without banned Charlie Austin
On their previous two visits to Goodison Park (FA Cup and Premier League), QPR have lost at Everton without scoring. Given Charlie Austin has scored half of the Hoops’ 16 top-flight goals and is suspended, a Toffees win is thus odds-on at 4/9 with Coral.
To make matters worse for Harry Redknapp, his side have lost every league game on the road this term, netting just twice on their travels. It is this alarming stat, coupled with Austin’s absences that makes QPR match outsiders at 7/1, even a draw a remote prospect at 7/2 and an Everton win to nil tempting value at 5/4.
Existing punters are not being neglected either, with an 11/4 price on a home win with both teams scoring. Please note there is a maximum stake of £20 on this matchday special, enhanced from 12/5.
As if the Toffees need any more incentive, a win will take them above floundering Merseyside rivals Liverpool. Martinez will be missing Gareth Barry from Everton’s engine room, but James McCarthy could return as cover if he passes a fitness test.
The likes of Scotland forward Steven Naismith and Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson, who has scored in this fixture previously, will also be assessed, while defender John Stones could also comeback quicker than expected.
Gibson, a graduate of Manchester United’s academy, grabbed the opener when Everton and QPR last met at Goodison in Premier League action (April 2013). He is a 25/1 chance to do this again, and 8/1 in the anytime market.
Do not be fooled by the Toffees’ poor form of one win in five. Three of those matches were away and, a second-string side losing to Krasnodar in the Europa League when Martinez knew he was already through apart, Everton have not lost at home since mid-September.
Their recent slide is far less serious than Redknapp, whose side are in the relegation zone, being unable to call upon his leading marksman Austin.
Without him, the burden will have to fall to ageing target man Bobby Zamora, who does have a goal in this fixture, though at Loftus Road, on his CV. Odds of 10/3 say he will net again anytime here.
Romelu Lukaku has scored on both of his last two home appearances and, backed up by compatriot Kevin Mirallas (2/1 in the anytime market himself) and others, can continue to take the Toffees up the table. An even-money price say the big Belgium striker will be on target here, and 4/1 to grab the opener.
A Monday Night Football win to nil for hosts Everton really is a fantastic bet, because of the visitors’ attacking dearth.