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Published: 02/02/2012

At one point Thursday morning a friend of mine suggested that QPR and Norwich might be forced to wear name badges for this game with so many new signings rumoured. As it was it was QPR who were the busier of the two sides bringing in three players on the day to bring the total to six in the January window. Christopher Samba was the biggest signing while the main move for Norwich saw Luciano Becchio come to Carrow Road in a swap deal with Steve Morison.

The weight of money has been for QPR this week which has shocked me. True they have improved recently while Norwich have struggled however the price is terrible value. Why would you take evens on a side with just one home win in the league all season. While the Hoops have looked solid against the big sides it is a different proposition breaking down a team when the expectation is on you. This is not to say that QPR will not win this just that the price is terrible value. The Canaries will be boosted by their recent record against QPR going six games unbeaten against them including victory here last season. The draw can be backed at 13/5 (bet365/BetVictor/Stan James) while Norwich are 57/17 (pinnacle).

The best bet then might be in the goalscorer markets and firstly with Esteban Granero. Norwich are quite vulnerable to pace at the back and as such they might sit deep to prevent the threat of Loic Remy getting behind them. This allows midfield runners to come on to Norwich as Gareth Bale showed on Wednesday night. Granero is likely to be the most forward going of the QPR midfield and at 20/1 (Totesport/betfred) looks a great first scorer bet and he can also be backed at 13/2 (BetVictor) in the anytime scorer market. As for Norwich they will likely look to hit on the counter using the strength of Grant Holt to hold the ball up and the guile of Wes Hoolahan. Take the 12/1 (Skybet) on Robert Snodgrass to do the damage as well as his range of set-pieces the Scotsman has a great eye for the counter attacking run and has netted four in his last six away from home. He is also available at 9/2 with the same bookmaker in the anytime scorer market.

Man United hammered Fulham 4-1 in the cup last week and I see no reason why they can not do the same again this weekend in the league. william hill go 4/6 United which is not the worst price on the coupon this weekend while the draw is 36/11 (pinnacle) and Fulham are an unbackable 21/4 (Stan James). Martin Jol has never managed a side to league success over an Alex Ferguson team while United have won five of their last six against Fulham and lost of none their last seven away in London.

Try enhancing the price on the Red Devils with one of the special markets available. You could get a United win and a Van Persie to score anytime double at 7/5 (betfred) while United to win and Rooney (who has netted four in last four v Fulham) to score anytime is 11/5 (Blue Sq/888 Sport). You could back both these and return a small profit if one scores and United win and a big profit if both score and United win.

Five goals were produced when these sides met in the cup and I would not be shocked if this happened again here. Four of the last Man U six away games have featured over 3.5 goals and this can be backed here at 13/8 (Stan James).

BEST OF THE BETS

GOLD: Over 3.5 goals Fulham v Man Utd, 13/8 (Stan James)
SILVER: Robert Snodgrass to score v QPR, first 12/1, anytime 9/2 (both Skybet)
BRONZE: Esteban Granero to score v Norwich, first 20/1 (Totesport/betfred), anytime 13/2 (BetVictor)


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