QPR vs CHELSEA: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Loftus Road

Date: Saturday, 28 January

Kick-off: 1200 GMT

 

We somehow seem to have got ourselves another one of them ‘handshake’ situations with today’s game against QPR.  Strangely enough (or not) it’s JT at the heart of the drama and this time the cameras will be fully focused on him and Anton Ferdinand.  Not that he’s been anywhere near the QPR man’s missus of course, but there does appear to have been a slip of the tongue nonetheless.

Aside from all that though, there is actually a game to play and whilst we won’t get any points out of it, we might get to progress in this season’s FA Cup and given the league is all about Manchester this season, we should be putting ourselves out in this competition.  Bring it on!

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

Going into his first meeting with us as QPR manager, former Chelsea man Mark Hughes says “We’ll rate the game highly because it’s our next one – but I’ve always said that a cup run can help your league form.  We benefited from beating MK Dons in the last round – it helped our confidence going into the league game.  That factor has happened to me time and again in my career. A cup run, from my point of view, is never a bad thing.” On the handshake debate meanwhile, Hughes says “If he (Anton) feels it is not appropriate, that has to be his own decision. It won’t be influenced by myself or the club.”

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas seems much more concerned about the whole handshake issue, suggesting  “This game is based on good values more than anything else. These players should continue to promote these good values.” Although insists he won’t be going all ‘team-Terry’ on the lads before kick-off, saying “I won’t speak to the players specifically about that before the game, not at all.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For QPR, Jay Bothroyd (groin) and DJ Campbell (hamstring) are out, while Armand Traore and Adel Taarabt are on international duty. Buzsaky, Gabbidon, Connolly and Helguson are all given as doubts and new signing Taye Taiwo is unavailable.

For Chelsea, John Terry plays but Lampard (calf) and Mikel (hamstring) remain on the sidelines, whilst Drogba and Kalou are our absentees through international duty.

 

 

TEAMS

QPR (from): Kenny, Cerny, Murphy, Gabbidon, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Connolly, Hall, Hill, Orr, Young, Derry, Barton, Buzsaky, Smith, Mackie, Helguson, Wright-Phillips, Hulse, Macheda.

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cahill, Hutchinson, Cole, Romeu, Ramires, Essien, Mata, Malouda, Meireles, Torres, Sturridge, Lukaku, Turnbull.

 

 

LAST MEETING

QPR 1-0 Chelsea (23rd October 2011)

 

 

PREDICTION

They might have scraped a 1-0 over us earlier in the season but Foy won’t be playing today and assuming we manage to keep 11 men on the pitch, we should be well up for this one. Will we get a win though? I don’t even want to brave a guess although it’s fair to say it’ll be interesting.

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