Redknapp and fellow former Hammers to regret Upton Park return
West Ham United have won two of their last three meetings with London rivals QPR 2-1, so are odds-on at 10/11 with Coral to beat them again, and 8/1 by that scoreline.
Both sides go into this battle in indifferent form, though, having lost their last respective Premier League games, so a draw, as was the result in their last head-to-head, at 5/2 looks enticing.
Harry Redknapp travels to his old club in the hope of guiding the Hoops to their first win at Upton Park since 1993, when they resoundingly beat them 4-0, and first point away this term. While that scoreline again at 150/1 seems highly unlikely, you can take odds of 10/3 for victory.
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager has only gained four points so far this season from six games, but is confident that his side will progress once errors and injuries have gone away.
“We have been a little too open and teams are getting at our back four too easily,” he said. “We need to tighten up but it’s been difficult because I have brought midfield players into the club and they have never been fit to play together at one time.
“I haven’t really seen Sandro on the pitch yet – I brought him in as a top player and he’s only played a little bit. Jordon Mutch has been injured, Leroy Fer is getting up to speed now and I’m sure he will be a top player for us.
“We need those players fit. We just haven’t been able to get a settled team and get them on the pitch together.”
QPR will have to keep an eye on Diafra Sakho, who has three goals already this term in four league appearances, including a header last time out against Manchester United. The Senegal striker is 5/4 to score again anytime, or 5/12 to net first.
Charlie Austin is the hope for the away side, having got two top-flight goals this term so far. He is 11/4 in the anytime market.
West Ham’s Matt Jarvis, who hopes to be fit to play for the first time this campaign, and QPR attacker Adel Taarabt have both been on target in this fixture before, in the 2012/13 season. They are decent 7/1 and 4/1 chances respectively to score again anytime.
Along with Redknapp, Rob Green, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora also return to their former club, and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce hopes they will receive a warm welcome.
“I think they should get a warm reception as all three of them were here for a considerable amount of time – they weren’t short-term stays,” he said.
But Allardyce added: “We would like them to be very miserable at the end of the game though.
“The year I had Robert [Green] when he helped us get back in to the Premier League, he was a great professional, and we all know about Rio.
“Harry has been managing longer than me – one of the few left who has,” he continued.
“I think they will all come back with an extra determination to return to their old club and show everyone what they can still do.”
The West Ham boss will be without Mark Noble, Cheik Kouyate, Joey O’Brien and Andy Carroll, with Gary Medel a doubt. Luckily for QPR, though, Sandro has been declared fit to pay, while Barton and Mutch could feature.