Out-of-form Villa could provide some respite for under-fire Rangers.
Harry Redknapp loves a news conference and has been using the media to good effect in his battle with Adel Taarabt. He claims the midfielder is three stones overweight, which is the reason why he isn’t playing. But the Morrocan international refutes the claims and says he is being used as a scapegoat for Rangers’ poor start to the campaign.
Redknapp’s team have managed just one win in nine matches this season. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in that time and questions have already been asked about whether it was wise to sign Rio Ferdinand following his release by Manchester United.
The veteran defender has looked well off the pace and was left out of the side against Liverpool last week. QPR’s fortunes didn’t improve, however, as they somehow contrived to throw away a hard-point by conceding twice in stoppage time.
Owner Tony Fernandes has been forced to step into the public row involving Redknapp and Taraabt as if he hasn’t got enough on his plate at present. The Malaysian entrepreneur is facing potential legal action over the running of the debt-ridden F1 team Caterham and is seeing his considerable investment in Rangers in danger of going up in smoke again as they prop up the Premier League table, even trailing winless Burnley on goal difference.
QPR have to stop conceding goals but could have a bit of respite against an equally out-of-form Villa. Paul Lambert’s team have lost four in a row and haven’t scored a single goal in those games, though they were against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton. They have won at Stoke and Liverpool this season, however, and will themselves enjoy playing against lesser opposition.
Rangers have only lost one of their last seven meetings with Villa and the Midlanders’ one victory was the only game in that run in which both teams didn’t score. Both sides to score this Monday is 9/10. Villa have lost a vital cog in their midfield with Fabian Delph’s injury and, with their forwards having lost their way, this could provide the boost that Rangers are looking for. A home win is 13/10.
The match kicks off at 8.00pm on Monday, October 27th at Loftus Road.