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Grittier Cardiff can prevail over QPR in game shorn of glitz and glamour

14 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Grittier Cardiff can prevail over QPR in game shorn of glitz and glamour

With both QPR and Cardiff still in recovery from their recent relegations, who is most up for the fight of surviving the rigours of the Championship?

Given their recent flirtations with the Premier League, it may surprise you to know that QPR and Cardiff have never contested a game in the top flight.

Having taken it in turns to finish bottom of the Premier League table during the past three seasons, it would probably be fair to say that they are unlikely to do so any time soon.

It is a measure of the state of limbo that both clubs currently find themselves in that the Hoops and Bluebirds are priced at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively to be promoted, yet just 10/1 and 7/1 to be relegated.

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Indeed, there are countless recent examples of just how long the hangover can last after dropping out of the top tier – Southampton, Norwich, Leeds and Wolves have all frequented League One in the not too distant past.

Sheffield United, Blackpool and Wigan, meanwhile, can all still currently be found there.

Having twice had their fingers burned in spending beyond their means, QPR finally appear to have learnt their lesson.

Their necessary cost-cutting has seen 12 players either retire, be released, or return to their parent clubs over the summer– leaving Chris Ramsey with a far less bloated squad in his first full season in management.

Yet he still has ten full internationals at his disposal, not to mention the services, for now, of last year’s top scorer in Charlie Austin.

Despite continuing to attract interest from a number of Premier League clubs as transfer deadline day looms larger, the striker is expected to start once again and is priced at 4/1 to score the first goal.

The Rs have a decent record against Cardiff at Loftus Road, winning 1-0 on four of the seven occasions that these sides have met in the second tier since 2004 – and they are priced at 11/2 to do so once again.

Cardiff, meanwhile, having had an extra year to readjust, appear in much finer fettle at this early stage of the season.

They have a far more settled squad that has only seen Sammy Ameobi arrive on loan from Newcastle over the summer, and in Russell Slade boast a manager who is more than capable of excelling with a limited budget.

Play-off final defeats during the last ten years with Grimsby, Yeovil and Leyton Orient do not do justice to Slade’s ability to build a team that is greater than the sum of its parts, so don’t be surprised if he overachieves with the Bluebirds this time around.

Crucially, he appears to have instilled the sort of resilience that is so vital to succeed in the Championship, with Cardiff losing just one of their final nine games on the road last season.

In their first away trip of the new campaign, the Welsh side are 11/4 to leave London victorious.

Having said that, clean sheets are certainly not their forte – keeping just one in their last eight outings – so a bet at 13/2 on both teams to score in a Cardiff win looks the best value.

With Saturday’s evening kick-off pitting two teams against one another that are still very much coming back down to earth, observing how they fare should reveal much as to the chances of either side mounting a return to the promised land in the foreseeable future.

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