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Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers

Arsenal host Queens Park Rangers in the late game on Boxing Day and both sides will be hoping for a late Christmas gift with a win.

The Gunners are hoping to get back to winning ways after another disappointing result as they dropped two points at Liverpool in the dying seconds.

While QPR will be in fine spirits following an impressive comeback win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, led by man of the moment Charlie Austin, who netted a hat-trick.

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Everything points towards an Arsenal win in this one though. The Gunners are unbeaten in 25 of their last 26 at the Emirates in the Premier League and have won their last two in front of their own fans.

Arsenal’s home record: Played 8 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 1

While the R’s haven’t won away from home all season – in fact they’ve lost all eight games away from Loftus Road so far, scoring just three times.

Queens Park Rangers away record: Played 8 – Won 0 – Drawn 0 – Lost 8

Arsene Wenger’s side need a victory in this one. Anything else will intensify the pressure the club is currently under as they are currently four points off fourth place going into Christmas Day.

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The Hoops have done well to go into Christmas outside of the relegation zone and will hope that they can take advantage of Arsenal’s inconsistent form by taking their first away points of the season from the game.

The Gunners have won three of the past four meetings with a narrow 1-0 victory and a similar result should be expected in what could be a tense game for the home fans.

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/L/W/D

Queens Park Rangers’ last five: W/L/W/L/W

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – It’s worrying to think where Arsenal would be without Sanchez this season. The Chilean has netted five times in eight home games so far and will need to be the star again.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Queens Park Rangers – The Gunners to edge past their London rivals with a narrow, but vital win.

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About Louis East (1221 Articles)

Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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