Relegated Queens Park Rangers face a Champions League-chasing Arsenal at Loftus Road on Saturday, in what should be a comfortable win for the Gunners. Harry Redknapp was left furious after his team's insipid draw against Reading last time around and will demand an improved performance but he is unlikely to either get that or seriously trouble Arsene Wenger's men.
The reverse fixture, at the Emirates, finished 1-0 to Arsenal, with Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta scoring the winner.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is scheduled for 5.30pm BST. Live coverage is on ESPN and ESPN HD. Highlights will be on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD, at 10.30pm BST.
The Rangers will play Championship football next season and not even their biggest fan can argue, based on performances this season, they deserve to stay in the Premier League. The side has only four wins all season, with 18 defeats and the worst home record of all sides.
Redknapp's men had a glorious opportunity to prolong their stay in English top flight last weekend, when they travelled to the Madejski Stadium who were, at that point, already near-certain to be relegated. Three points from that fixture would have moved QPR to within five points off Wigan Athletic and a mathematical chance at avoiding the drop for another week, if nothing else.
As it turned out, QPR played possibly the worst game of the season and left their fans disappointed. The sight of Portuguese right-back Jose Bosingwa smirking after relegation did little to heal the relationship between the players and the fans. Expect a very hostile atmosphere at Loftus Road but not one directed at the visitors.
QPR have not won a game since beating Sunderland 3-1, at home, in early March. Three of their last five games have ended in defeats and they haven't scored a goal since Loic Remy's late strike against the Latics, in the first week of April.
All signs point to a very comfortable win for Arsenal.
The Gunners will travel after a tempestuous 1-1 draw with Manchester United in their last game. Theo Walcott gave the north London side an early lead but the returning Robin van Persie scored from the penalty spot to earn his new club the draw.
The result means Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal continue to be locked in an absorbing three-way race for third and fourth in the Premier League - the final two qualifying spots for the Champions League next term.
At the moment, the Blues have the upper hand. They have 65 points to Arsenal's 64 and Spurs' 62. However, Chelsea face United at Old Trafford on Sunday, while Andre Villas-Boas' men welcome Southampton at the same time as Arsenal play QPR.
Spurs and Chelsea have a game in hand over Arsenal and that would normally be an advantage but for the fact it is against each other. The north London side visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Wenger has overseen an unbeaten run for Arsenal, stretching back to the defeat at White Hart Lane on 3 March and with Wigan and Newcastle United to follow QPR, it is entirely possible the Gunners will finish the season unbeaten. And with the kind of form QPR are in and the fact Arsenal have an away record second only to champions United, three points from Loftus Road should be a given.
Queens Park Rangers
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D L L D L
- Last Match: Reading 0 - 0 QPR
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W D W W
- Last Match: Arsenal 1 - 1 Manchester United
Bobby Zamora returns and is expected to start alongside Remy. Defender Christopher Samba (knee) is a doubt. Shaun Wright-Philips (ankle) and DJ Campbell (foot) are out for the season.
Probable Line-Up: Green; Fabio, Onuoha, Hill, Traore; Jenas, M'bia, Granero; Remy, Zamora, Townsend
France striker Olivier Giroud remains suspended, meaning German international Lukas Podolski will retain the central role. Polish goalkeeper. France midfielder Abou Diaby is the only absentee, with Jack Wilshere and Nacho Monreal likely to replace Tomas Rosicky and Kieran Gibbs.
Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere; Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla