QPR v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Loftus Road
Date: Sunday, 12 April
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

I’m sure there are plenty out there well up up for this today. Me? I hate this sort of game.
It’s QPR and on any other week of the season, they’re pants. Bring on chelsea though and they’ll turn into Barcelona complete with bent referee playing twelfth man for them.
Arsenal have their tissues out getting themselves within 4 points of us now and one of the Manchester sides could be contacting Kleenex this afternoon themselves as well unless we give them all a reminder this lunchtime of who is actually leading the race in terms of points scored and games played – no pressure though.

MANAGER’S VIEWS’
QPR’s Chris Ramsey, who fancies himself as a bi of a comedian, suggesting Jose’s early handshakes are down to a need to check in with his missus, says ahead of today’s game “‘We are hoping that there are no goals until the 91st minute and then we get a penalty – we would take that now. But the way we have gone this season the game will still end up 4-3! We are hoping it is not a good game from that point of view. 3-3 is a great game for the neutral but not very good form the point of view that we know we can defend and play better than that. We have had two games this year with really questionable periods, 20 minutes at Crystal Palace and the same at Villa, that has meant we have had mountains to climb and we are hoping we don’t fall into that trap this time.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “A derby’s a derby, with all the emotion that creates around it, so it’s true, it is harder for London teams to win the league. I would love Fulham to be in the Premier League. I want London clubs to stay in the Premier League. I don’t have that sense of rivalry. I think it’s a unique city in the football world with so many clubs. That makes it really difficult but nice.”

SQUAD NEWS
For QPR, Rio Ferdinand (lightweight), Yun Suk-young (concussion), Eduardo Vargas, Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin (all knee) are all out, while Richard Dunne (knee) isn’t ready for a return. Furlong might make it back.
For Chelsea, John Obi Mikel (knee) and Diego Costa (hamstring) are absent. Fabregas is available despite breaking his nose against Stoke last week.

TEAMS
QPR (Possible line-up): Green, Isla, Onouha, Caulker, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Henry, Austin, Zamora
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Hazard, Willian; Remy

LAST MEETING
Chelsea 1-0 QPR (1st November 2014)

OTHER STUFF
•Chelsea have won just one of their last 13 league games away to QPR
•Chelsea’s only Premier League victory away to QPR was on 2 January 1996
•The last time Chelsea did the double over QPR in the top flight was in 1968-69.
•QPR are winless in their last 12 Premier League London derbies
•QPR have lost their last six home games

PREDICTION
it’s QPR – who knows what could happen?

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