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After beating the Blues in a hard fought 1-0 victory in October, Mark Hughes will be hoping to replicate one aspect of Neil Warnock’s reign at PR and make it a double against Chelsea when the pair meet on Saturday.
Warnock was of course fired from his position earlier this month and although the club’s form in his last two months at the club was disappointing, beating Chelsea at Loftus Road will undoubtedly be one thing that Hoops fans can remember the former manager for.
Since being appointed as manager earlier in the month, Hughes has got off to a decent start to life with his new club being narrowly beaten by Newcastle but recovering to record wins over Wigan and MK Dons.
The win against the Latics was Rangers’ first Premier League victory in nine games and came on the same day as Chelsea ran out a stifled 0-0 draw against Norwich, meaning the morale in Mark Hughes dressing room could certainly be brighter than that of his Chelsea counterpart’s.
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Despite this difference in form between the two sides, the visitors are still firm favourites going into this weekend’s FA Cup clash.
Bet365 have Chelsea listed at 8/13 and while the pedigree of Villas Boas’ side rightly makes them a bigger threat, it would be silly to rule out a punt on surprising 9/2 listed QPR.
A particularly interesting price is the 14/1 odds for the Rs to duplicate their 1-0 result against a Chelsea that failed to score at Carrow Road last week.
One boost for Hughes will be the possibility of playing new charge, Nedum Onuoha, who signed for the club on a four-and-a-half year deal on Wednesday.
You’ll also see returns of £210 for a £10 stake on Chelsea to be down at half-time but stage a second half comeback and win in normal time.
Rangers fans will be buoyed by the fact that Andre Villas Boas may field a weakened side this weekend with his Premier League troubles currently gaining the majority of his attention and a tough trip to Swansea next on the agenda.
QPR have gained exactly half of their Premier League points up at home this season, so while it’s impossible to say that the club perform better at Loftus Road than elsewhere, the long odds of the Wet London outfit make them a tempting outlet for FA Cup progression.