Christian Benteke and Loic Remy can both go a long way to saving the clubs they are likely to leave this summer.
Both of these sides are going to be looking to their key players. For Villa Christian Benteke will be under pressure and Loic Remy will have to do the bulk of the attacking work for the visitors.
It will be an interesting confrontation between two players who may not be at these clubs past the summer. Benteke is being linked with a high profile move to a top Premier League side, while Remy has suggested he will abandon ship if QPR are sent down.
On the surface it seems to be a very evenly matched player battle which will go a long way to deciding who goes away with the three points.
Benteke has a strike rate of just worse than one goal for every two games this season having bagged 12 in 26. However, his work ethic and his quality at holding the ball up and bringing others into play, suggests he is a much more important player than these figures suggest.
Remy has hit the ground running during his time at QPR with a ratio of three goals in his first five games. He is effective but there is a lingering question over his commitment to the cause, which is vital when the season gets down to vital periods such as this.
Benteke will probably have the greater chance of success because Villa’s home advantage means they should enjoy the majority of the play.
Paul Lambert has urged the Villa supporters to be as loud as possible so that’s going to have the effect of urging the side forward at every opportunity. In short, Benteke has a better chance of being fed the ball quickly.
However, Remy is a top quality player who doesn’t need much in terms of a chance to make a difference during a tight game.
His pace and his skill when it comes to finishing means it doesn’t really matter too much if Villa dominate possession. If he gets a chance to tuck the ball away, he will do because he’s looking to prove his quality all the time in order to get a higher profile move away from the club.
It will be a fascinating battle to behold.
Who do you think will edge it?
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