QPR v Wolves - Thursday 19:45, Sky Sports 1
Ian Holloway refused to stick the boot into Alex Smithies after his comedy howler turned the tide in the 3-0 defeat at Ipswich last weekend, instead blaming his defenders for not running back quicker and making an angle for him. Most will have laughed at the interpretation, but it’s an early lesson for the QPR dressing room in the importance of collective responsibility.
The jury is out on Holloway after a dreadful spell in charge of Millwall but he retains the capacity to galvanise teams when dealing in feelings rather than thoughts. At the New Den, he was far too hung up on tactics and serious stuff that other managers do better. As long as he remains quirky and jovial at Loftus Road, Rangers have half a chance of being competitive.
Meanwhile, Paul Lambert described the job facing him at Wolves as a "challenge" after last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, where the scoring was complete inside 30 minutes. Both sides lack identity, so calling the outcome isn’t easy. Either side could produce a stellar display out of nowhere. It could be high-scoring, it could be low-scoring.
Instead, let’s stick with the goalscorer markets. R's striker Conor Washington was flagged up as value at Portman Road last time out, owing to a change of system that pitches him alongside Sebastian Polter in a 3-5-2. Back the Ulsterman to score anytime at 5/2, with an additional wager on two or more goals at 18/1.Bet £10 get £20