QPR will be aiming for successive home victories over fierce London rivals Chelsea this weekend in what looks set to be an intriguing FA Cup fourth-round encounter between the two sides.
Rangers emerged 1-0 victors when the clubs met in the Premier League back in October, courtesy of an early Heidar Helguson penalty, in a fiery clash which saw first-half red cards for Chelsea duo Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba.
If the Chelsea players were unaware beforehand of the hostile atmosphere they were to experience throughout the game, they certainly will be now and boss Andre Villas-Boas will need to ensure his players keep their discipline this time round.
Of course, the match will forever be overshadowed by allegations that Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Despite the charge brought against Terry, both players look set to feature in the starting line-ups on Saturday, with the clubs issuing a joint statement earlier this week calling on both sets of fans to be on their best behaviour.
QPR will head into the fixture in high spirits having climbed out of the relegation zone last weekend with a 3-1 win over Wigan at Loftus Road – their second victory under new manager Mark Hughes – and are priced at an appealing 4/1 to see off the Blues once again.
That was the first time the Rs had scored more than once in a game in seven matches, and after dumping out MK Dons in the previous round to win their first game in this competition since 2001, the players look to have responded positively to the arrival of Hughes.
With eight goals to his name so far this season, Helguson has been in fine form for the Rs and with the Iceland international striker set to be on penalty duties once again this weekend, backing him to score at any time at 11/4 looks a great bet.
Chelsea head into this fixture on the back of a 0-0 draw away at Norwich last weekend which saw them slip 13 points behind league leaders Manchester City, further hitting their slim chances of title glory this season.
The game came at a cost as the Blues look set to be without Frank Lampard for the short trip to Loftus Road. However, Chelsea have been priced at odds-on favourites at 67/100 to gain revenge over their neighbours, with the draw available at 27/10.
With Lampard out and Didier Drogba away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, the Blues will place greater onus on misfiring striker Fernando Torres.
But the Spaniard is without a goal in his last 17 matches – hardly ideal as Villas-Boas goes in search of his first piece of silverware as Chelsea boss.
Taking this into account, and considering QPR have been far from prolific in front of goal this term, backing less than three goals to be scored in the match looks a soild play at 22/25.
And although QPR’s 3Way price certainly looks tempting, odds of 17/2 on the hosts to win a game with under 2.5 goals could be an even more profitable route for punters who expect Chelsea’s misery to continue.
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