The sole Premier League game this weekend may see Tottenham’s top-four ambitions suffer a set back at QPR judging by Chelsea’s midweek showing.
Spurs’ Capital One Cup final conquerors were largely outplayed by a spirited West Ham side that would have beaten them but for Diafra Sakho’s profligacy.
As the game wore on, the Blues seemed to lack the energy to duke it out, let alone dominate the Irons and it was little surprise that Jose Mourinho mentioned looking forward to a rest in his post-match interview.
At around about the same time the Lilywhites were holding on, hearts in mouths, to a 3-2 win against Swansea having swept stylishly into a 3-1 lead only to falter in the closing stages at White Hart Lane.
Mourinho’s minions will likely spend the weekend at home having fresh cucumber slices applied to their eyes as their foot spas bubble away gently in the background.
Yet Tottenham must rouse themselves for a trip across London to Loftus Road.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are 4/5 favourites for three points despite the fact that the fixture represents their sixth outing in 16 days.
Chris Ramsey’s Super Hoops gave Arsenal a run for their money on Wednesday night and they have to be appealing at 7/2 for victory against opponents that have been on a rollercoaster in recent weeks.
The draw also appeals at 14/5, as does backing the hosts on the double-chance market at 21/20.
A first home win in six for QPR looks the best bet against a Lilywhites outfit running on empty and new bwin.com customers are advised to invest their £30 free bet accordingly, with the promise of a £105 risk-free payday if successful.
Even before the visitors’ petrol shortage is taken into account, their rotten road ledger earmarks Tottenham as a team to oppose.
They’ve won one of their last seven away from the Lane, losing five of the remainder.