QPR and Burnley in relegation duel, plus Hull battle Baggies
Two teams promoted to the Premier League last season, QPR and Burnley clash at Loftus Road and either side could jump out of the relegation zone with a win.
Burnley, 13/5 to win the match with Coral, are on a four-game unbeaten run, having picked up eight points from a possible 12, earning wins against Hull and Stoke, and hard fought draws against Newcastle and Aston Villa. Last season, Sean Dyche’s side were held in west London, as the match finished 3-3, while at Turf Moor, the Clarets recorded a 2-0 victory.
For QPR, meanwhile, to say that Harry Redknapp has cancelled their Christmas party should be the least of their worries. Inconsistency has plagued the Hoops recently, who followed up a 3-2 home victory over Leicester with a 2-0 away defeat by Swansea. It sums up their season so far.
Striker Charlie Austin has perhaps been their one saving grace. His goals have helped to keep Redknapp’s side within touching distance of escaping out of the bottom three, after seven league strikes so far. Austin is 7/2 to break the deadlock against his former club, having scored the winner against the Foxes.
Doing the business for Burnley currently is Austin’s old strike partner Danny Ings, who has netted three in as many matches for the Clarets. He also grabbed the opener in the same fixture last term, in the high scoring draw, and bagged a brace at Turf Moor.
England Under-21 international frontman Ings is 11/2 to open the scoring, and 6/4 to strike anytime. Winger George Boyd, meanwhile, grabbed the opener in the draw against Newcastle, and is 4/1 to net again here.
In another of the 3:00pm kick-offs, Hull host West Bromwich Albion and Steve Bruce’s boys are 11/8 to take all three points. Last season, the Tigers recorded a 2-0 victory over the Baggies at the KC Stadium, with full back Liam Rosenior on target, who is 9/1 to dispatch anytime.
The home side sit just one point and place behind their guests in the Premier League table, and ended a run of four consecutive losses with a draw at Everton last time out. Forward Sone Aluko netted the equaliser at Goodison Park, and he is 2/1 to score again here anytime.
New father Abel Hernandez has returned to Hull’s squad, so we could be seeing the baby-cradling celebration from the Uruguay international, who is 6/1 to open the scoring.
For the Baggies, striker Saido Berahino hasn’t netted since before his first senior England call-up, though has got eight in all competitions for the club.
The 21-year-old Burundi-born attacker is 15/8 to be on target anytime for Alan Irvine’s men, though Craig Dawson dispatched in the defeat to West Ham, and is 7/1 to do so again.