Even with two games in hand, Chelsea will have a hard time closing the 14 points gap separating them from the leading Manchester United. They never gave up the championship title though and the first step down that path will be made today against the injury plagued QPR.
Bet: Chelsea -2 goals
Odds: Pinnacle 2.11
This match appears to be a David vs Goliath type of game, with Chelsea winning pretty much everything these days and Queens Park Rangers struggling to leave the last place in the Premier League. With only 10 points in 20 games played they have almost given up hope of avoiding relegation and the string of injuries doesn’t help their cause either. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar joined the disabled list, which further aggravates QPR’s defensive woes.
They are already playing without Bosingwa, Sung-Park and Onuoha while their offense will have to do without two of their most prolific strikers, Zamora and Johnson. Coach Redknapp has nothing better to do that to send in a 4-5-1 team with Cisse as the only striker and hope that his defensive minded formation will resist 90 minutes. Benitez will make no adjustments in the team that won the last 4 games and will ask his players to push forward the same way they did against Aston Villa a week ago.
Time is quickly running out for Chelsea who needs to continue the string of consecutive wins, if they are to stand a chance in their attempt of catching United. QPR is no match for them at Stamford Bridge and the bookmakers are also crediting the hosts as overwhelming favorites to win. Since the visitors will defend the entire match, it is worth taking Pinnacle’s offer at 2.12 and back Chelsea to win by two goals or more. If they fail to put three between them and QPR, the stakes are returned.