By William Duncan
Queens Park Rangers’ slim hopes of avoiding relegation to the Championship were dealt a crushing blow last weekend when they were defeated 2-0 at Goodison Park but Harry Redknapp’s men will hope to keep their faint survival chances when they welcome Stoke City to Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.
Rangers currently sit 10 points adrift of safety and are chalked up as 23/20 (2.15) favourites with Coral to claim a vital victory against the Potters this weekend.
Tony Pulis’ men are in a desperate run of form, having collected a paltry six points from their last 14 Premier League matches and Stoke will be desperate to halt their slide towards the drop zone with a precious three points from Saturday’s crunch clash.
The Potters are rated as a 23/10 (3.30) chance with Coral to win in west London while the same firm go 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in a stalemate.
Stoke have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 games in all competitions and, with Harry Redknapp’s side having found their scoring touch in recent weeks, Rangers will feel confident of heaping more misery on a struggling Stoke side that has managed just four goals in their last nine matches.
France international striker Loic Remy has impressed since joining Rangers in January and, with five goals in nine appearances, the 26-year-old looks to represent outstanding value at 9/2 (5.50) with Coral to break the deadlock this weekend.
With games rapidly running out for Queens Park Rangers, it seems certain that the Loftus Road side will be playing Championship football next season but Rangers can give their fans reason to cheer this weekend.
Therefore, the 23/20 (2.15) quote from Coral for a home win should be snapped up here while the 9/2 (5.50) on offer from the same firm for Loic Remy to set the ball rolling for the hosts is the value play.