Football betting tips and predictions for Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City at Loftus Road in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon.
QPR have not had a great start to the season, losing three of their first four games – more than anyone else in the Premier League so far. However they do have the same amount of wins as this weekend's opponents Stoke.
Our prediction is for a draw – get the best odds of 9/4 via this link.
Former Hoops boss Mark Hughes lead Stoke to their highest Premier League finish last season but current QPR manager Harry Redknapp will be happy to just avoid relegation.
The home side QPR are best-priced 15/8 to beat Stoke, a draw is 9/4 with several bookmakers and the best odds on Stoke City are 9/5.
I am predicting this to be a tight contest, Stoke are a good mid-table side while QPR's home form will be the key to their survival this season. While Stoke are the better team, their start to the season has been inconsistent. They beat reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad which is no small feat, but struggled to break down 10-man Hull and newly promoted Leicester. A draw seems the most likely outcome, and at 9/4 is my first QPR v Stoke betting tip.
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I also think this will be a fairly low-scoring game as QPR have only scored one goal in their first four games with Stoke only slightly better on two goals. Both teams do have a good amount of attacking options though, with Charlie Austin up front for the R's and ex-Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic likely to feature for the Potters. Even still, a low-scoring game seems likely and a bet of under 1.5 goals in this fixture is a good bet at 7/4.
That all ties into my third and final betting tip – the game to be goalless at half time. The early Saturday afternoon lunchtime kick-offs quite often lead to sleepy starts, especially when it involves teams in the bottom half of the table. QPR's only goal of the season came in the last minute of the first half while Stoke's two goals were both second half strikes.
QPR and Stoke to draw – bet here at 9/4 with Bet365.
Under 1.5 Total Goals – bet here at 7/4 with Ladbrokes.
0-0 Draw at Half Time – bet here at 6/4 with William Hill.
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