Manchester United have the chance to go top of the English Premier League (for at least a few hours) if they can beat QPR in Sunday’s first Premier League kick-off to pressurise their noisy neighbours.

Sorry Rangers fans, but when comparing Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers you'll find no reason to back a home win (other than pride and spite). Some might say that size isn’t everything but United make Rangers look like minnows in the sea of football. Manchester United have only lost one game all season (that 6-1 anomaly at Old Trafford) and their form away from home is even more impressive. As things stand, ahead of Sunday’s kick-off Manchester United have taken 36 points from 15 games while Queens Park Rangers have taken only 16. The reigning champions are 11 places higher up the table (in second place) and are 3/10 in the soccer odds to have a top two finish, while QPR are 3000/1 to win the Premier League (but still 1/7 to avoid relegation) this term.

Wayne Rooney Manchester UnitedHome or away expect a Manchester win

Manchester United's away form reads seven wins and two draws; they've scored 12 times and only conceded three. Queens Park Rangers, by comparison have just one win at home to their credit, four draws and two defeats, they've also conceded 10 goals and scored just six at Loftus Road. Manchester United seems to have snapped out of their frustrating one goal victories as they 1-0. They comfortably took apart Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend and recorded a resounding 4-0 victory almost exactly as predicted. With these facts considered, it looks like United will treat their trip to Rangers as a visit to a shooting gallery. It's no great surprise that the odds on an away win are 4/9 and if you want to make money from this clash you should turn your soccer betting attention on the long odds of a home win at 13/2; or possibly a draw at 10/3 or get a little creative and bet on exotics.

Champions League exit? You’re having a laugh!

You can get odds of 11/2 on Manchester United reverting to their 1-0 habit, worth considering either because you reckon the result against Wolves was a fluke or possibly because the last time these sides met (in a Carling Cup match over three years ago) United won by the same score. Much has been made about Manchester United’s exit at the group stage of the champions league but it's worth remembering that the last time they exited that competition at the group stage they went on a 10 game unbeaten run, Wolves would represent game #1 and I thoroughly expect QPR to represent game #2.

QPR are on a three game winless run, although they did manage a home draw against West Bromwich Albion (between defeats to Liverpool and Norwich) and neither loss was a complete walkover as both times the winning margin was a single goal. This might suggest to you that 1-0 to United is a smart bet, but I do believe that Sir Alex Ferguson will not stand for anything less than a goal heavy performance to send a clear message across the city of Manchester. City don’t kick off until later on Sunday so they could be knocked off their perch by the time they take to the pitch against Arsenal (who look a shadow of the side that succumbed 8-2 to United earlier in the season). What more incentive do United need?

You might be tempted to bet on a 3-2 game (at 28/1) as that was the scoreline that Manchester City beat QPR by at the beginning of November, but I do feel United can score more than three and QPR will be lucky to break through the champion’s defence, more than once. I have a sneaky feeling that United might even better Fulham’s result against QPR; you may remember that the London side put six past Rangers without reply early in October. 6-0 to United is available at 80/1 (while 7-0 and 8-0 are both worth a chuckles bet at 200/1) or you might like to check out the odds on the Red Devils matching Bolton’s opening day demolition of QPR. It may seem inconceivable now that Bolton could win a game four goals to nil, but that is how they started this disastrous season, United winning by the same scoreline is available at 14/1.

If all of this thinking about scores isn't your idea of fun you might want to back the long shot that is a home win. A win of any description for QPR is available at 13/2 but the fatter odds are on predicting a half time draw and QPR winning the match at 16/1. Or if you're feeling wild and crazy back United to lead on the 45 and QPR to take the game on the 90 that's at a Christmas bonus humbling 80/1. It’s no surprise that United winning both halves is at a tawdry 11/10.

Prediction: A tidy 4-1 win to take United top of the table at 23/1.