iBet: There will be goals for revived Chelsea
Chelsea V QPR, kick off 7.45pm
Back Frank Lampard to score at any time at 15/8 with Coral
Lay Newcastle at 2.3/1 with Betfair
The reverse fixture was a 0-0 draw but Chelsea’s comeback victory at Goodison on Sunday was proof that the spirit in the Stamford Bridge camp is much improved under Benitez and I fancy there will be goals in this. The Blues have now won four top flight games in succession and they are finding their feet in front of goal as well. Since the start of December Chelsea have played nine games in all competition, score 29 times. They are also showing that they can really put weak teams to the sword when they fancy it, beating Nordsjaelland 6-1, Sunderland 3-1, Leeds 5-1 and Aston Villa 8-0 in that run. Fernando Torres is looking dangerous again but goals are coming from all over the park – there were seven different scorers against Villa and Frank Lampard looks like he will score in every game at the moment (note that he is the penalty taker). Rock bottom QPR were incredibly poor in the first half against Liverpool and if they are off their game at all, this could be a difficult night for them.
Newcastle’s 11 games against teams in the top half of the Premier League this season have produced an average of four goals apiece, and Everton’s 11 against teams in the bottom half an average of 3.27. You can back over 2.5 goals at 5/6 with Ladbrokes and Stan James, and given that the Toffees have lost only three games all season and have the dangerous Marouane Fallaini back from suspension, it may also be worth laying the home side at 2.3/1 with Betfair.
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