The footballing aspect of this match has been overshadowed by the race row involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand – but there is more than enough intrigue even without that controversy.
The last meeting between these sides also saw the sendings-off of Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa, which meant Heidar Helguson’s first half penalty was enough to secure three points for the Hoops.
With QPR now having ex-Chelsea player Mark Hughes at the helm, they will be confident of causing another upset…
QPR are the big 5/1 outsiders in this clash but it would take a brave punter to completely rule them out of it.
They enjoyed a confidence-boosting 3-1 home win against Wigan at the weekend and the likes of Joey Barton and Adel Taarabt have been vocal in their support of Hughes’ appointment.
With the Blues winning just two of their previous six away games, a punt on QPR could lead to a very lucrative payout.
However, Chelsea have won six of their last seven FA Cup away games and are 8/13 to come away from Loftus Road with a win.
Chelsea have not shipped a goal in any of their previous three games while QPR have scored more than one goal in a game just once in their last seven games.
With none of the previous three meetings between the sides yielding more than one goal, backing this to finish with under 2.5 goals scored looks tempting at 5/6.