By Jonathan Fernandez
I REJOICED at the scoreline. Many, including the likes of Chelsea, have come to Loftus Road this season only to leave the stadium empty-handed. So, taking all three points – and with a 4-2 scoreline to boot – was more than what I was hoping for.
Then, reality hit me and I was back in the real world!
Truth is I have no idea what to expect of this yo-yo aka Panadol team they call Queens Park Rangers. So much so that I had to resort to playing QPR versus Manchester United using the FIFA arcade game on my Xbox console to get an idea of what to expect of tomorrow’s clash.
Predicting the outcome of QPR’s matches has become a headache. I bet even Neil Warnock pops a pain-relief pill before each kick-off. One can’t really blame the guy who manages a team who have seen a string of topsy-turvy results – ranging from the humiliating 6-0 whitewash by Fulham to that giant-killing feat of upsetting Chelsea 1-0.
I wish I could say the Devils are ready to come back roaring with intent to kill after the 4-1 mauling of Wolves last weekend. However, considering QPR’s performances at home, I would be content with one of those boring 1-0 wins that we have witnessed so often this season.
The Hoops have suffered only two defeats in seven home matches this season.
I have to be honest. QPR may be 128 years old, but I can’t remember when was the last time I watched them in the top-tier of English football. I was forced to Google and do some research. I managed to find some interesting facts favouring United.
Firstly, in the past six league encounters between both sides since 1993, United have never lost to QPR. Apart from their last clash 15 years ago, when the teams drew 1-1, the Devils have won all the other five ties.
But the one that takes the cake has to be the 8-1 drubbing United inflicted on them in 1969 – and which happens to be the heaviest league loss in QPR’s history.
Anyway, as admirable as QPR’s home form may be, take nothing away from United’s performances on the road. The Devils are unbeaten in seven away matches and have dropped only four points so far this season. Of the 17 points they have raked in on their travels, nine have come courtesy of three 1-0 wins on the trot against Everton, Swansea and Aston Villa.
There is a pattern here as far as the results are concerned. But if fate does decide to dance to the tune of my Xbox, you won’t be hearing any complaints from me.
Jonathan Fernandez is wondering if some of AirAsia’s Airbus still bear the faces of Man Utd players.
- Surely, it’s going to be a Reds win
- Come on Red Devils, stamp your class
- Tough but Devils will nick it!
- These Devils still not the finished product
- Hit them hard and fast