EPL Tips: CHELSEA vs. QPR
It was a Christmas period with little festive spirit for ‘arry Redknapp’s Rangers as QPR’s “recovery” turned into a double dip recession. Over in Chelsea Rafa Benitez seems to have shamed the bedsheet brigade into silence with a bunch of goals and an eight wins (from ten games), 31 goals in all competitions December that saw Chelsea end 2012 as top of the non-Manchester league. When two sides with such divergent fortunes meet, expect the expected for your soccer picks (that’s a Chelsea win).
Enough with the Chelsea-it is…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
The facts tell you all you need to know about QPR’s 2013. They have a grand total of ten points after 20 games and have won one (count it; ONE!) game all season. FYI each of the 14 other teams who have had 10 points after 20 games in the English top flight were relegated that same season. Despite Harry saying they can stay up, the bookies say that QPR will go down. They are 1/4 with most bookies to be relegated, while the odds run as high as 11/4 with Bet Victor for them to stay up, but why waste your money there, even Mrs Richardson knows that they’re for the drop.
And now for some good news.
Chelsea by comparison are sitting pretty pretty in third place, and despite them being 11 points behind league leaders Manchester United they would be just one point behind 2nd place / title holder’s Manchester City, if they were to win their all-important game in hand. As it stands Chelsea are 15/2 with Ladbrokes and 7/1 with Coral to be crowned EPL champions come May. However, with the odds on Manchester United regaining their trophy at 4/11 with bet365 and even City retaining it at 7/2 with Paddy Power, Chelsea are the only interesting (and viable) bet in the league for the EPL title.
OK…WHERE’S THE 2nd January MONEY MIKE?
Chelsea will likely be missing ‘keeper Petr Cech after he was substituted during the Blues’ win over Everton, and we should see Ross Turnbull taking his place in goal. I doubt that he’ll have much trouble against a QPR side who have only scored nine goals in the last two months.
If you’re looking to back goal scorers check out Frank Lampard as, his double against Everton means he is just one goal behind the club's all-time leading goalscorer Kerry Dixon. Lamps is 9/2 to opening the scoring and 6/4 to score at any time with Paddy Power.
The last time these sides met the game ended drawn 0-0 something offered up by 23/1 at 32Red while the best odds your Humble Handicapper can find on any draw are 11/2 with BetFred. But that looks almost likely compared to the odds on a QPR victory, 14/1 with bet365. Chelsea look too dominant and QPR must feel that they just don’t have it in them to survive, so I can’t see Chelsea losing this game, and I can’t see QPR winning it.
Glimmer of QPR hope (NOPE).
Chelsea may have only beaten QPR three times in Premier League history but they did do the double over them last year (7-1 on aggregate).
The last time this fixture was played the game ended 6-1 to Chelsea something that is worth a little punt on at 80/1 with Stan James. In that game some fella called Fernando Torres got a hatrick, something again worth a punt (as the Spaniard looks to be a different player under Rafa) at 16/1 with 888Sport.
Premier League Prediction: Chelsea at a canter winning 4-0, available at with Will Hill