Sports Betting Weekly

Burnley v Queens Park Rangers

When: Saturday, 10 January 2015 @ 21:00 (FINISHED)
Where: Turf Moor
While Manchester City are continuing their toe-to-toe scrap with Chelsea at the Premier League summit, two teams at the opposite end of the table will lock horns on Saturday as 19th placed Burnley take on 16th placed QPR in a match that could prove to be the clichéd relegation six-pointer.

Despite their inferior league position, it should come as no great surprise that Sean Dyche’s men go into the clash as 13/10 favourites given QPR’s well-documented top flight travel sickness. The R’s have failed to garner a single point away from home this season, with nine straight defeats and 22 goals against making a mockery of quotes of 5/2 on Harry Redknapp’s men ending their awful run.

The Clarets, meanwhile, have had a mixed bag of results at Turf Moor with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six games at home, but having battled to hugely credible draws away to Manchester City and Newcastle in recent weeks, they will certainly go into the game in high spirits and be confident of recording a win that could prove pivotal in their bid for Premier League survival.

Although much has been made of the sensational scoring form of Charlie Austin, in strike duo Danny Ings and Ashley Barnes, Burnley also boast two Englishmen who are starting to find their feet in front of goal in the top flight. The two strikers are priced at 9/2 and 15/2 to be the game’s first goalscorer respectively, and you can also find an interesting anytime goalscorer double on the pair at 9/2.

Any optimism there might be over the game turning into a Burnley goal-fest must, however, be tempered by the fact that the hosts are the second lowest-scoring side in the league this year with just 17 goals for. Indeed, of the home side’s three Premier League wins this season, two have been by a 1-0 scoreline, and you can get a best-priced 7/1 on that result being repeated against QPR.

With the visitors only mustering four goals on their travels this season, plenty of punters will also understandably be steaming into the 12/5 on there being under 1.5 goals in the game, while 9/1 also looks a very reasonable price on the match ending as a goalless draw. Having said all that, all bad runs must come to an end at some point and if you are going to back QPR to steal the points, you should at least consider coupling the away win with an Austin anytime goalscorer bet given the Premier League’s leading English marksmen has scored in all five of his team’s victories this season.