IT’S a day of derbies in the Premier League. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) looks at the opening West London one.
QPR v Chelsea | Sunday 13:30 | Sky Sports 1
I’m excited about this game from a betting point of view. As usual QPR look vastly underrated so it’s time to make hay.
Chris Ramsey’s side had an encouraging week with a 3-3 draw at Aston Villa following their very surprising 4-1 win at The Hawthorns. It’s the first time this season they followed up a league win with a non-defeat. Are their survival instincts kicking in?
As well all know, their home form has been fairly impressive this season, and it reflects a side in mid-table rather than one fighting to stave off relegation. On only one occasion this season have they lost a home league game by more than one goal.
It’s also worth factoring in the decent record they possess against their West London rivals. QPR have beaten Chelsea twice since they returned to the Premier League after a long absence in 2011/12. Both were accomplished at huge odds.
I’m probably in the minority here but I just can’t get excited about Chelsea at the moment. For me they’ve had a flat 2015 and yet still look like cruising their way to the title. What does that tell you about the Premier League?
They were knocked out the Champions League by PSG and haven’t won a league game by more than one goal since mid-January. They conceded five goals to Spurs and two to Hull and even if they lose this game they know they’ll be ok.
If the QPR players can’t get up for this game then what chance have the club got. They must be buoyed by the last week and their opponents are without main striker Diego Costa.
The 7/5 on QPR +1 on the Asian Handicap looks a storming value bet, but I’m going to be even braver and back QPR to get something from this game. It’s QPR on the Double Chance market at 9/4 with 888 Sport that I’ll select here.
QPR v Chelsea – QPR Double Chance (9/4 888 Sport)
What the hell has Chris Graham been taking? Or do you agree with him that QPR can get something here?
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