Sports Betting Weekly

QPR v Chelsea

When: Sunday, 12 April 2015 @ 19:30 (FINISHED)
Where: Loftus Road
QPR will be looking to further boost their survival chances while simultaneously dishing out a minor blow to west London rivals Chelsea’s title hopes on Sunday, as the two sides from the capital go head-to-head in a match that will be seen as vitally important by both managers.

As it stands, Chelsea are in a position where they can afford to lose this match and not be overhauled by second-placed Arsenal, but it is a far from ideal scenario for Jose Mourinho’s men as they look to claim their first Premier League title since 2010 despite stuttering in recent weeks.

Arsenal’s resurgence has clearly irritated the Portuguese manager too, with Mourinho resorting to mentioning Arsenal’s failure in the Champions League this season when asked about the Gunners’ impressive recent momentum.

As mentioned in our earlier preview, Chelsea have tough remaining fixtures and still have to play Manchester United and Liverpool at home, while a trip to Arsenal also beckons. The flipside of that is that the title race is completely in their own hands, and being seven points clear having played one game fewer than their closest rivals, the Blues should really finish the job with a few games to spare.

QPR can only dream of being in such a position going into the final stretch of the season, and they still look likely to return straight back to the Championship not even a year after securing promotion against Derby County at Wembley Stadium, with the R’s currently two points adrift of safety.

The last two games showed that all is not yet lost, however, as QPR claimed four points from a possible six in away games at West Brom – where they won 4-1 – and Monday’s enthralling 3-3 draw with Aston Villa, ensuring they kept up the pace while the teams around them were also doing well.

With West Brom having a horrible run-in and Hull currently sinking like a stone, those results over the Easter weekend have brought renewed optimism for Rangers fans in their fight for survival – and though the task against Chelsea may be tricky, QPR will certainly be fired up for this London derby.

The bookmakers are strongly leaning towards a Chelsea win at 2/5, while a win for Chris Ramsey’s side – who have secured just two victories since he took over from Harry Redknapp in February – is tipped at 17/2, with the third outcome of a draw being listed at 17/4.

Diego Costa suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem against Stoke last Saturday, so he will be unavailable for the match – with strike partner Loic Remy more than likely take his place. The French international has two goals in his last two games as he goes back to face his old club for the first time.

The former Marseille man is 19/5 to score first and 13/10 to score anytime – while QPR’s top scorer this season, Charlie Austin, will seek to improve his England prospects by adding to his total of 17 for the campaign. Austin is 9/1 to break the deadlock and 7/2 to score anytime.