NORWICH CITY - QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Emmanuel Ladesma will return for Rangers this evening and they will be looking to build on a 4-1 win over ten man Southampton on Sunday. However, that scoreline was very flattering to QPR, who at times were out played by a well coached Saints team, who will surely improve as the season progresses and the London team have yet to put in a truly commanding performance on the road, being happier at Loftus Road.
I believe that the much maligned Glen Roeder is doing a very good job at Norwich, he stopped the rot last year and brought in his own men over the summer, using his fantastic contacts in the game, to bring some quality to Carrow Road. This season did not start well results wise, but they have been dominating games, without getting any luck in front of goal. Actually, they have hit the woodwork, more than any other side in the Football League. However, they got off the mark at Plymouth on Saturday and took a lot of confidence from that ,the players are very certain that they will be involved in the promotion shake up . The line was led at Plymouth by Antoine Sibierski, recently signed from Wigan,who put in an awesome performance and apprently, he has helped a lot of the youngsters in training, competition upfront is now fervent, with a fit again Darel Russel and Arturo Lupoli, also vying for a starting spot. Lupoli is on a season long loan from Fiorentina and despite making his name at Derby, learnt his trade at Arsenal, which is how he came to Norwich, Roeder having a very useful frienship with Arsene Wenger.
City are seeing this as a real test of how far they can go and are very motivated to get the result, a packed and loyal home crowd deserve. Win or lose tonight, this is not a team we should be opposing in the coming weeks.
6.5 points Norwich -1/4 ball 2.02 asian line.