At first glance, putting Manchester City and Chelsea into a three-strong Capital One Cup home heroes treble along with QPR doesn’t look particularly tempting. With City heavy favourites to beat Aston Villa at the Etihad and Chelsea similarly fancied to ease past Wolves at Stamford Bridge, the treble only pays out at 2/1.
A look at the stats shows just why City and Chelsea are so short, but this could end up working in our favour. Accept that the two Premier League giants will win their respective games and you’re essentially getting 2/1 on a QPR victory. And when you view it like this, the treble suddenly looks much more appealing.
Here’s why getting on the treble’s a good idea – particularly if you’re staking the £20 free bet new customers receive when they sign up for a bwin account. At odds of 199/100, winnings of £59.80 will be secured if all three teams win.
Manchester City to beat Aston Villa @17/50
The Citizens haven’t started the season in the same imperious fashion as they did the last campaign, when they won 14 of their first 15 competitive domestic matches, but they will surely still have enough to see off the Villans – even if Roberto Mancini changes his entire team. The Italian might have been left frustrated by his inability to secure his top transfer targets in the summer but he is still blessed with arguably the strongest squad in the league and the likes of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli could well feature from the start this evening. Meanwhile, Villa’s recent performances suggest they might struggle no matter what team City put out, particularly if Paul Lambert also chooses to rotate his squad. The Villans have lost three of their five league games so far this season, including a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton in their last outing. With City having won 11 of their last 12 games against Villa at the Etihad – and by at least two goals on the last five occasions – a home win looks assured.
Chelsea to beat Wolves @ 11/50
Quite simply, Chelsea win when they play Wolves at Stamford Bridge. Well, since the 1982/83 season in any case. In fact, since Wolves secured a draw with the Blues at the Bridge in August 1982 and beat them at Molineux five months later, their record against the reigning European champions reads played eight, lost seven. With Roberto Di Matteo’s side topping the Premier League table after five games there is no reason to believe that Chelsea won’t ease to yet another success against Wolves this evening.
QPR to beat Reading @ 83/100
If all goes according to plan, a win for QPR against Reading at Loftus Road on Wednesday should seal this Capital One Cup home heroes treble. And while the Hoops don’t have many points on the board in the Premier League, they look well placed to see off the Royals in 90 minutes. The last two games in particular have served as an illustration of the potential of Mark Hughes’ side. A battling draw at home to Chelsea was followed up by a defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane in which they were unfortunate not to have gained a point at the very least. Against weaker opposition in the form of Reading, QPR should have less trouble securing the victory. It is worth noting that QPR’s record at Loftus Road kept them up last term, particularly the run of five consecutive home wins at the back end of the campaign. With Reading having lost four of their last six competitive games and their last two at Loftus Road, Hughes will surely be celebrating only his second league win of the season come the final whistle.
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