QPR find hopeful home form ahead of Premier League relegation battle
Ahead of a possible Premier League relegation scrap, Harry Redknapp’s QPR (odds-on at 2/5 with Coral to avoid relegation) have discovered a superb run of form at Loftus Road, which could see them steer clear of the drop.
In a bid to stay in England’s top-flight, the Hoops have found their feet in recent weeks at home, moving themselves up to 15th in the table, three places and two points adrift of the relegation zone.
QPR have now gone six consecutive Premier League games unbeaten at Loftus Road, including three vital victories over fellow relegation battlers Leicester City, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
As well as three wins on the bounce against those teams in the bottom five places of the league table, Redknapp’s Rangers also ran out a goalless draw with Crystal Palace in their last outing, forcing the Eagles into the bottom three.
Recent home form shown by the Hoops is a fantastic foundation on which they can build upon going into the New Year, and a run of results that could see them edge out the other teams around them, in a bid to avoid relegation.
In fact, the west London outfit have recorded the fifth-best Premier League home form during the first half of this season, accumulating 14 points at Loftus Road.
This is in complete contrast to bottom side Leicester City, who have the worst home record, winning only once at the King Power Stadium. Sunderland, a place ahead of QPR in the table, have the second-worst home record in the top-flight and West Brom, one place behind the Hoops, have the fifth-worst.
QPR’s performances in front of their own may just be enough to keep them up, if their form continues in the same manner, having already won five matches at home.
Fulham, however, were relegated from the Premier League last season after winning 11 home games, and Norwich City were dumped out of the division after winning just nine times at home.
Charlie Austin has been key to his side’s important results this term, with the striker netting a dozen league goals already. The Hoops hitman has warranted talk of a possible international call-up following his dominant displays in front of goal, and if his team (7/4 to be relegated) are to stay up, Austin will be a key factor.
In a bid to ease the goal burden on top scorer Austin, Redknapp is reportedly lining up a loan move for Argentine forward and West Ham United misfit Mauro Zarate. The former Birmingham City striker has scored twice in eight appearances for the Hammers since joining from Velez Sarsfield last summer, and the 27-year-old is expected to undergo a medical at Loftus Road this week ahead of a temporary switch.