QPR v Everton 15:00 Sat
Despite their spending patterns over the past year, QPR nevertheless find themselves in a tough relegation battle and by no means face an easy encounter this Saturday when they play hosts to Everton at long odds with Bet365.
The Hoops have won only one league game this year so far in a 3-1 victory over fellow relegation candidates Wigan Atheltic but will go up against a different calibre of opposition this weekend.
In some ways, this encounter represents a match between two sides who although have quite opposite recent spending habits, the lower-spending team find themselves in a higher, more established league position.
The Toffees are unbeaten in their last seven outings and haven’t lost a game since early January when they succumbed to the ever-improving Tottenham.
However, David Moyes’ side recovered well and have since beaten Manchester City and Chelsea, not conceding against either.
This backs up the claim that Everton’s defensive record has been a massive plus for the side this campaign, as they boast the fifth best away record in the league when it comes to keeping the opposition out.
However, scoring goals has been a completely different obstacle, with Everton averaging only a goal per game on average this season when playing away from Goodison Park.
The visitors will have several injury concerns going into the fixture with Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman, Jack Rodwell and Darron Gibson all doubts for the match.
Some of the aforementioned players are 50-50 for the game and could still feature with it set to be touch and go up until kickoff whether or not they will feature.
Nikica Jelavic is one player who’s a lot more likely to play however after a period on the sidelines with a stomach injury.
Things have not exactly gone to plan since Mark Hughes took over the reigns at Loftus Road from Neil Warnock, with three straight defeats to Fulham, Blackburn and Wolves, and much will depend on new signing Bobby Zamora in the coming weeks as Rangers attempt to move up the table.
Mark Hughes will miss the services of January signings Djibril Cissé and Samba Diakité who are still out through suspension and Luke Young and Heidar Helguson also seem likely to miss the game, as things get a little tense at Loftus Road with the side hovering over the precipice of a relegation dogfight.