QPR v Wolves 15:00 Sat
Mark Hughes can go into this weekend’s match against Wolves looking to build on what may have turned out to be an unfortunate 2-2 draw against Aston Villa during midweek as Bet365 make QPR favourites to take all three points.
Rangers may have failed to hang onto their 2-0 lead against the Villans but the West London side can take plenty of positives from their effort, including the debutant goal for new signing Djibril Cissé.
The Hoops may have been pleased with the performance of the Frenchman, who opened the scoring on Wednesday, but Hughes will be even more pleased to be able to welcome Bobby Zamora back into his playing ranks this weekend and the former Fulham forward will undoubtedly partner Cissé up front.
Wolves have now gone eleven games without a victory in all competitions and are experiencing the worst run of form in their last six games in the Premier League, second only to bottom place Wigan Athletic.
The West Midlands outfit are currently undergoing a boardroom dipute also, with many supporters calling for the exit of manager Mick McCarthy.
Steve Kean’s reign at Ewood Park has proven that rash decisions aren’t always the route to quick success and the Scot is now going through a decent patch of form at Blackburn after being handed a chance to stay in his role.
As a result, Wolves still have a tough fight on their hands when travelling to Loftus Road this Saturday, going up against an improving Rangers side.
QPR made a controversial exit from the FA Cup last weekend after a slight 1-0 loss to Chelsea, but will now be confident in focusing their efforts on Premier League survival under Mark Hughes.
Tony Fernandes may have splurged on the permanent signatures of Zamora, Cissé and Nedum Onuoha last month, but McCarthy will be keen to show that money doesn’t talk this weekend by snatching any points he can from a tough away fixture against a stronger-looking QPR.