The Welshman will consider Wednesday’s trip to Aston Villa to be much more important than the forthcoming FA Cup clash against Chelsea, although they have already beaten the Blues once this season and the fact this is a derby adds extra spice to the occasion.
QPR can be backed at 5/1 (Ladbrokes £50 free bets) to claim victory against Hughes’ former club, with the visitors set to endure a fierce reception after allegations that John Terry racially abused Anton Ferdinand last term.
Heidar Helguson scored the opening goal against the Latics last weekend and should remain on penalty duties despite the missed spot kick later in the match. The Hoops striker can be backed at 9/1 (bet365 free bet) with Jay Bothroyd also set to get a start after being on the bench for the last game.
Chelsea are not going to win the Premier League and are unlikely to claim a Champions League success this season, so Andre Villas-Boas could do with winning the FA Cup and his team are currently the bookmaker favourites to be celebrating at Wembley in May.
However, Saturday’s goalless draw at Carrow Road doesn’t suggest that the Blues are great value at 8/13 (Paddy Power bookmaker), especially considering that the atmosphere will be highly charged at Loftus Road.
Many people will have tired of backing Fernando Torres to score the first goal of the game, although Daniel Sturridge looks a better proposition at 5/1 to break the deadlock for the first time since his return from injury.