Chelsea to continue landing season’s most reliable bet at QPR

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Chelsea are strolling towards the Premier League title in every sense of the word. Not only are they under little pressure, with a seven point gap and a game in hand easing any strain on their ambitions, but their on-field displays mirror that relaxed position.

Not since a 5-0 demolition of Swansea in mid-January have Jose Mourinho’s men won a top-flight game by more than one goal, while the 2-0 Capital One Cup final win over Spurs make it just two “comfortable” wins in their last 15 all-competition outings.

Some may use that statistic to illustrate Chelsea’s poor-form, others may see it as a side simply playing within their means. Either way, the fact remains that the Blues have not lost a Premier League game during that run, and remain wholly justified 4/11 favourites for victory at Queens Park Rangers next time out.

Hoops fans may suggest they are more than interesting 15/2 outsiders, given that they have claimed four points out of the last nine against their local rivals, but one win in the last seven suggests they aren’t quite in prime position to add three more to that tally this time around.

Instead, there is a far more intriguingly priced outcome available for the encounter, surrounding which team will open the game’s scoring.

The visiting Stamford Bridge posse are again the fancies, at 1/3, but considering their relentless regularity in obliging that particular bet, far shorter odds should be on offer.

Chelsea are leading the league when it comes to taking the lead in top-flight games, doing so a whopping 24 times in their 30 outings to date.

That number includes a lengthy 11-game streak that is currently unbroken and looks set to continue against a Rangers defence that has shipped the most number of strikes in the division this season by some distance.

23 of the 58 goals they’ve conceded this term have been the first of the game, which is another league-high mark. All of a sudden, 1/3 looks quite appealing.

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