Jamie Redknapp on Queens Park Rangers’ Premier League survival chances

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Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp fears that Queens Park Rangers will not survive in the Premier League.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has written in The Daily Mail that Queens Park Rangers will suffer relegation from the Premier League until they improve.

QPR are currently second from bottom in the league table with 19 points from 22 matches, two points above 20th-placed Leicester City and one behind 17th-placed Burnley.

Rangers have struggled for points throughout the campaign since gaining promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season, especially away from home.

On Saturday, QPR once again slipped up, going down 2-0 to Manchester United at Loftus Road, thanks to second-half goals from Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson.

The London club’s performance against United was not abysmal and they did have chances, but Jamie Redknapp believes that his father’s team need to improve or else they will go down back to the Championship.

“It's not easy for me to talk about Queens Park Rangers, but I never want to shy away from it,” the 41-year-old wrote in The Daily Mail.

“The truth is they are right where I expected them to be - in the middle of a relegation battle. Anyone who thought otherwise is deluded…

“QPR is a great club but there is so much scrutiny on them each week, especially as they’re not one of the top sides. Perhaps with a high-profile manager, it’s only to be expected.

“Against United I saw a team trying their hardest but they have been awful away from home and unless they improve, they will go down. Simple.”

Like Redknapp, many Premier League followers would have expected QPR to struggle for survival in the English top flight at the start of the season.

Rangers do have some good players, but they were always going to scrap for points, especially away from home.

The positive for Harry Redknapp is that there are a number of clubs in the mix. Leicester and Hull City, both currently in the bottom three, are two of the favourites to go down, while the likes of Burnley, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are all in danger.

One suspects that it will not be easy for QPR to pick up points away from home; if they could have, then they would have done by now.

The key for Rangers would be to bag as many points as they can at Loftus Road and hope that teams around them lose games.

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