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Our best bets for QPR v Norwich
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The late TV game on Saturday comes at Loftus Road between two in-form sides in the Sky Bet Championship. We have a 25/1 headline tip.


Recommended QPR v Norwich bets

1pt Luke Freeman to score anytime at 5/1

1pt Jamal Lewis to score anytime at 25/1

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QPR v Norwich City (Sky Bet Championship, Loftus Road, 1730 BST, Sky Sports Football)

Two of the Sky Bet Championship's in-form sides meet at Loftus Road in Saturday's late kick-off as QPR meet Norwich.

Both have picked up ten points in their last five outings, although City's victory over Middlesbrough was the most eye-catching result in that run.

There is the potential for goals here, with the four meetings between these two in the Championship seeing the net hit a total of 14 times.

QPR have relied on the midfield to contribute the majority of their goals so far, with five of their seven in the league coming from that area, which is why there is value in looking away from the usual suspects to shine.

Luke Freeman has been a regular feature for the R's this season, and he was linked with a move away from the club before the final deadline on August 31.

The 26-year-old has been more effective since making the switch to the left-wing role from attacking midfield, scoring one and assisting another in the three games he has played in that position.

The attacking midfield is the home side's strength, even after the additions of Nakhi Wells and Tomer Hemed before the transfer window shut fully.

There has been an element of change in positions as Steve McClaren looks to hit upon the right formula with the group of players that he has. However, Freeman seems suited to where he is now.

Luke Freeman (right) in action against Bristol City
Luke Freeman (left) in action against Bristol City

The 5/1 best price available on him scoring doesn't seem to take into account the recent role swap for the Rangers man, and it represents great value for him to score anytime considering where he plays.

On the flip-side, Norwich have been looking at Teemu Pukki as their main source, with the Finland international scoring five in nine so far.

When scanning the markets for a best bet in this game, I was surprised to see Jamal Lewis at a huge 25/1 to find the net.

The young left-back has started every game since his return from injury this season, playing every minute of their last six league games, and his good form has seen him involved in the Northern Ireland senior set-up.

At a general price of 9/1 across the board, I'm more than happy to back the 20-year-old to strike anytime at the best-price available, and not just because of the difference in value.

Norwich's system that they want to play allows the full-backs to get forward and support the attack. That is highlighted in their recent 2-0 win over Preston, where Lewis grabbed an assist.

Before playing in Pukki, Lewis was at the edge of the area, almost in the same position as an attacking midfielder. If he is getting himself in dangerous positions on the pitch, he has every chance of getting onto the scoresheet.

He has had previous spells playing left-midfield too, highlighting that he is a player who does have attacking quality.

Score prediction: QPR 2-2 Norwich (Sky Bet odds: 14/1)

Best bet: Luke Freeman to score anytime at 5/1

Best bet: Jamal Lewis to score anytime at 25/1


Opta facts

  • QPR have won their last two home league matches against Norwich, last winning three in a row in January 1931.
  • Norwich haven’t lost back to back league games against QPR since losing four in a row between October 1981 and February 1984.
  • After losing each of their opening four league games, QPR have since won three of their last four (D1), as many wins as they had managed in their previous 13 Championship games combined prior to this run.
  • Norwich have won consecutive league games for the first time since February. The Canaries haven’t won three in succession since February 2017.
  • QPR’s Eberechi Eze has scored in back-to-back appearances for the first time in his Football League career. He has more goals in eight league games for the Hoops this season (three) than he managed in 16 matches for them last season (two).
  • Striker Teemu Pukki has been directly involved in five of Norwich’s last 10 league goals (four goals, one assist), scoring two of their last three.

Odds correct at 1650 BST (21/09/18)

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Saturday's best bets1

Saturday's Bets of the Day

Our experts provide their best bets for Saturday's top-class racing, domestic football and the United States Grand Prix.

You can back the Sporting Life Accumulator at 75/1 on Saturday2

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Following another win last weekend, we have a four-fold accumulator in the EFL enhanced to a huge 75/1 by title sponsors Sky Bet.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package3

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The latest from the back pages4

Saturday's Paper Talk

Southampton want former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim to replace Mark Hughes & Arsenal eye up Roma star in today's back pages.

Our best bets for the latest Sky Bet EFL action5

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The Sky Bet Championship returns after the international break. We pick out our best bets in the Sky Bet EFL this weekend.

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You can back the Sporting Life Accumulator at 75/1 on Saturday

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Following another win last weekend, we have a four-fold accumulator in the EFL enhanced to a huge 75/1 by title sponsors Sky Bet.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package

Premier League 3pm previews

Mark your card for Saturday's 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League with the best bets, Super 6 predictions and top stats for each game.

Our best bets for the latest Sky Bet EFL action

Sky Bet EFL betting preview

The Sky Bet Championship returns after the international break. We pick out our best bets in the Sky Bet EFL this weekend.