Chelsea vs QPR 11/01/2014 Premier League Preview,Odds & Prediction
QPR vs Chelsea
Saturday 1st November 2014 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Chelsea 2/11 Draw 13/2 QPR 16/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC Sports Live; Premier League Live
Can Chelsea make it a perfect five from five when they face London rivals QPR at Stamford Bridge? Jose Mourhino will look for his team to continue their complete domination of teams when playing at home. Mourhino will also have the added bonus of knowing that he will be able to rest some of his starters in the midweek game against Maribor having won the home leg 6-0. After missing last weekends showdown with Manchester United , Diego Costa may be fit enough to take his place on the bench but I doubt the Spanish striker starts this game. I imagine Mourhino will use his sparingly until his hamstring problem is 100% fixed. With Hazard, Drogba, Oscar, Willian and Fabregas in the squad Mourhino has the strenghth in depth to be able to rest Costa in games like this one. Especially as Chelsea's defence has been so outstanding this year, in fact the blues have only conceded one goal in four games at home in the league and will be lookng to make that four from five tomorrow.
While Chelsea have been red hot at home, QPR have been ice cold away and if they lose tomorrow that will be a perfect 5 losses from 5 away games, the kind of record every team wants to avoid.. Harry Redknapp's side have really struggled this year to adapt back to the Premier League standard and in particular their defensive lapses have cost them. While Richard Dunne and Stephen Caulker are both excellant defenders and have been for years, they are getting on in age and their legs may just be going a little for the pace of the Premier League. QPR are also missing Joey Barton's presence in midfield, while Barton may not be the best midfielder in England he always gives 100% and that is needed just as much as trickery and invention. Up front QPR are heavily reliant on Charlie Austen until Vargas gets his feet in the league its safe to assume that Austin will be relied up for goals while partnering Bobby Zamora who like Barton will put in a shift but is not going to score 30 goals for the side.
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Hard to look past a comfortable Chelsea win here tomorrow. If Chelsea get an early goal I would worry for QPR who have already lost 4-0 to Tottenham and Manchester United this season. Tomorrow QPR face a Chelsea side who have even more quality than either Tottenham or Manchester United an early goal could really lead to a disaster. Either way though I am taking Chelsea -1 on the handicap, I may throw a little on Chelsea to win exactly 5-0 as well, they would probably like to go one better than United and Spurs.