As well as being a London derby, there is plenty at stake for both of these clubs ahead of this encounter. After recently dropping into the bottom three, QPR know they need to quickly pick up points to avoid the drop, while Arsenal will be hoping that they can continue their recent resurgence and strengthen their hold on 3rd spot.
Despite having some of the most wealthy owners in the Premier League and having a vastly experienced manager in Mark Hughes in charge, QPR find themselves in all sorts of problems and it really is going to be a tense end to the campaign for them. The Hoops currently find themselves one point adrift of safety although with 17th placed Bolton having a game in hand, their position is certainly precarious. Their supporters will also be deeply concerned about recent form, with Hughes’ men on a run that has seen them win just one of their last nine encounters. On a slightly more positive note, they did manage to beat Liverpool in their last game at Loftus Road, while they also recorded a 1-1 draw against Everton in their home game prior to that.
Arsenal on the other hand have experienced a superb run in recent months that has propelled them into the thick of the Champions League qualification places. Even though the Gunners are going to go another season without a trophy, this campaign has to be classed as successful considering how low Arsene Wenger’s side were just several months ago. The Emirates Stadium side now approach this encounter having won their last six in all competitions, although they still need to keep this sort of form up to make sure they cling onto 3rd position. They now lead 4th placed Tottenham by three points and while there is little difference between the two positions, there is plenty of pride at stake for supporters of the North London clubs.
Mark Hughes was dealt a huge blow in QPR’s last game, after Djibril Cisse was shown his second red card of the campaign meaning that he will miss the Hoops’ next four games. Fortunately, Heidar Helguson has now recovered from a groin problem and is likely to act as a direct replacement for the former Liverpool striker. There is little to report for the visitors meanwhile, although Arsene Wenger will at least be able to select Laurent Koscielny after he recovered from a knee issue that kept him out of the Gunners’ last clash.
In terms of a prediction, we are going to have to tip the obvious. Arsenal have been in some superb form over recent weeks, while QPR have struggled immensely. Considering these factors, our prediction will be a comfortable 2-0 victory for Arsene Wenger’s side.