QPR v Chelsea – Preview & Team News

PREVIEW

QPR must feel they are due a home win at some point, but it would be a big surprise if they get that elusive victory against Chelsea. Rangers have failed to win their last eight matches at Loftus Road, and face a Blues side who have claimed maximum points in six of their previous seven league games.

Chelsea are in fine form, and it is a measure of Andre Villas-Boas’ confidence that the manager could afford to give several key players a rest in the midweek Champions League win against Genk. Juan Mata, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge, his likely front three on Sunday, were all given the night off against the Belgians, and I would expect them to give Rangers plenty of problems.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea are set to recall John Terry, Juan Mata, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge, who were rested in midweek.

Fernando Torres completes a three-game domestic ban, while Ramires is ruled out with a knee injury.

QPR defender Danny Gabbidon is sidelined by a knee injury, while Matt Connolly is rated 50/50.

Striker Heidar Helguson is again likely to be preferred to Jay Bothroyd, while Adel Taarabt should be available despite a mild virus.

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