Man Utd v QPR, Sun 13:30
Manchester United can open up an eight-point lead over Manchester City with a victory against QPR this weekend with both Manchester giants in action on Easter Sunday, as Bet365 offer decent odds on Alex Ferguson’s side taking all the points.
However temporary that lead may turn out to be will be of little significance to the Red Devils dressing room who will be nothing but buoyed by the boost that such a cushion brings with it.
QPR travel to Old Trafford for the early kick-off having taken six points from a last possible nine, recording surprise wins against Liverpool and most recently, Arsenal.
The West London outfit continue to show inconsistent form but the two latest victories couldn’t have come at a much better time as several of the Premier League’s relegation candidates have started to hit winning form of late.
Mark Hughes’ side go into this weekend’s fixture on the very cusp of the drop zone, currently beating Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic on goal difference alone.
The Hoops wouldn’t appear too likely to improve that record on Sunday either, conceding an average of 1.93 goals per game when performing away from home and travelling to the league’s best attacking outfit.
The Red Devils have been imperious at home as always and while the absence of Nemanja Vidic has made for a worse defensive record than the club are used to, the Theatre of Dreams remains one of the toughest Premier League venues to visit.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have scored an average of 2.67 goals per game when playing on home soil this term and given the 2-0 victory they earned at Loftus road in December, look capable of completing the double over QPR this season.
The hosts aren’t likely bring back any players from injury just yet but Hughes will be pleased to see the return of Heidar Helguson, DJ Campbell and Fitz Hall, who are all competing for fitness.
Javier Hernandez should partner Wayne Rooney up front, while Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young should give the front two plenty of support down the flanks, while Jonny Evans, who has been earning good reviews after decent performances will line up alongside Rio Ferdinand as Sir Alex looks set to field a formidable looking outfit today.