Chelsea v QPR: Rangers to face Blues backlash after cup showing

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Jose Mourinho lambasted his fringe players for their effort, or lack of it, against Shrewsbury in midweek, and said his team selection for Chelsea’s tie against QPR was simple.

He will be looking for suitable improvement as the Stamford Bridge outfit look to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Bookmakers are certainly clear on what they think the Blues reaction will be, making Chelsea 1/6 favourites to get one over on their west London rivals.

But with that an extremely restrictive price, we have dug out a few more beefy bets.

Chelsea to win to nil @ 8/13

While they may have got on the board with a win against a toothless Aston Villa on Monday, and put up a good fight against Liverpool, QPR’s away form has been nothing short of shambolic.

They have only scored one goal on the road all season, and have tasted defeat in all five of their outings to date.

And with Chelsea keeping three straight clean sheets in easy wins at Stamford Bridge recently, we can only see this bet as ‘banker’ material.

Eden Hazard to score and Chelsea to win @ 6/4

The Blues’ well documented ‘striker crisis’ has been alleviated somewhat of late, with Eden Hazard and Oscar chipping in with a few goals.

The former is our pick to get on the scoresheet in a home win in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Hazard has three in his last two matches in front of his own fans, including two against Maribor in the Champions League. He was also unlucky not to bag against Manchester United, when only a great save from David de Gea prevented the Belgian from taking advantage of a one-on-one situation.

Chelsea to win 4-0 @ 15/2

With Mourinho’s men such a short price for victory, the opportunity to land a big one is few and far between, so we can’t resist a go on the Correct Score market.

Rangers have already gone down 4-0 twice this season, and are well capable of capitulating against a top-class Chelsea attack.

The hosts meanwhile have shown they are capable of putting a few goals past sides, getting four or more three times already this campaign.

It might be a relative long-shot, but we have faith!

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.