Stoke City will be looking to give themselves a boost in their hopes of survival in the Premier League when they head to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
The Potters lost at home to Manchester United last time out and put in a less than encouraging performance, which left them just three points clear of the bottom three and as Wigan Athletic have two games-in-hand, they are in real trouble.
Tony Pulis needs a massive performance from his men here, but with three defeats in as many top flight matches, Stoke don’t come to London in any sort of form.
However, if they did take the spoils, Pulis’ men would move to 37 points and just one win away from the much-talked about 40 mark, so it is a massive game for them.
The away side do have a squad full of international players that should be able to cope under big pressure and in truth, we might see an old fashioned Stoke City performance here.
If you fancy a bet on an away win, you can back them 5/2 with StanJames, so the bookmakers do have then as the underdogs.
As for QPR, they lost at Everton on Saturday and much like their opponents, put in a lacklustre performance.
Harry Redknapp’s men look to be heading to the Championship next season as they are ten points away from safety with just five games remaining.
Although Redknapp will ask his men to fight until the end, you feel as though they have to win their final five matches and even that might not be enough to beat the drop.
Bets on QPR don’t look to offer any value at the moment as they are at 13/10 with BetVictor. Rangers have only won four times all season in the league, which makes the draw look an appealing bet at 12/5 with Coral.
The bookies are sure to have a number of punters betting on the first goal-scorer market and it is no surprise to see Loic Remy leading the way at 9/2 with Ladbrokes.
Then, Jon Walters is available at 15/2 with bet365.
We like the look of betting on the correct score in this one though and with neither side playing the best football, think it is likely to be cagey affair.
We don’t expect either team to keep a clean sheet though and think a 1-1 draw is the best value for this game at 6/1 with William Hill.
With plenty at stake for Stoke, it is going to be a massive afternoon for them and come the final whistle, they could be even closer to the bottom three or give themselves a bit of breathing space.
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