Mike Holden has two goalscorer bets in Saturday's Championship clash at Portman Road.
Ipswich v QPR - Saturday 15:00
This time last year, Conor Washington was in the midst of a blistering goalscoring run for Peterborough, bagging 13 goals in 14 appearances to secure a big-money move to QPR. Life at Loftus Road hasn’t turned out quite as he might have envisaged but his fortunes could be about to change with the arrival of Ian Holloway and a switch in formation.
Under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the 24-year-old was some way down the list of priorities, behind the desire to play Tjaronn Chery as a number 10 and the preference for a back four. But Holloway is nothing if not adventurous and couldn’t resist the playing Washington in a two alongside Sebastian Polter last weekend, setting the R’s up in a 3-5-2 against Norwich.
It paid instant dividends. Washington opened the scoring, albeit only after Chery had missed a penalty in the incident that saw the Martin Olsson red carded inside two minutes. Against the ten, Washington came to life around the 18-yard box and it’s tempting to believe he will be a player reborn in the coming weeks.
Chances tend to be few and far between against a dogged Ipswich side but that was far from the case for Nottingham Forest last weekend. Increasingly, it feels as though the Mick McCarthy era is drawing to a close at Portman Road. If the Tractor Boys repeat that showing, then Washington can fill his boots. He’s 16/5 to score anytime and 30/1 to bag two or more goals.