Arsenal face relegation threatened QPR on Wednesday evening, as the Gunners look to continue their recent league form and add to Sunday’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates. Arsenal returned to the top three with that victory and will be looking to consolidate that position.
QPR have endured a horrific season, as they sit 17th in the league and three points off of safety, whilst they are just four points in front of the foot of the table. Losing Harry Redknapp provided a spark into the side though, who managed to finally secure an away victory against Sunderland last month.
At home though things are different, but not much better, as the West London side have picked up just five points from their past nine league games. They’ve secured just one victory during that run and need to improve their form if they are to avoid the drop to the Championship.
Five losses in their last six is not a good record and against an in-form Arsenal side, fighting at the other end of the table, they should not be able to pick up any points. Damage limitation is likely the best they can do for this game- but having said that, these will be seen as ‘bonus points’ should QPR get them.
QPR have nothing to lose in this game and Arsenal will have all the pressure on their shoulders. Their attack wasn’t firing on all cylinders at the weekend and QPR will hope to take advantage of that, by remaining strong at the back and hitting the Gunners on the counter-attack.
Charlie Austin is the man Arsenal need to keep an eye on as he can cause damage against a defence that hasn’t been in their best form in recent weeks. His fourteen goals this season have been crucial, as QPR’s second top scorer, Leroy Fer, has just four.