Hands up those of you who wish ‘Nando was available for Sunday’s trip to Q.P.R, OK I lost count at about 45,000. In my other job as a sports snapper I have the privilege of watching the lads up close and, against Genk, the guy looked back to his very best. His link up play, pace and finishing were a joy to behold. Is it a coincidence that he looks a different player since Mata and Meireles arrived? No! Anyway QPR are without their prolific Premiership goal machine DJ Campbell and, I am sure, JT and Branner sighed with relief when they heard DJ was out of the game.
QPR under Neil Warnock are a bit of a disaster waiting to happen. Losing 6-0 to the ‘Fools’ was bad enough but drawing at home to Blackburn is the footballing equivalent of being roughed up by Audley Harrison.
So do QPR have anyone who can cause us problems? The answer has to be a pretty massive no! Adel Taarabt is capable of flashes of brilliance but, according to the wise man of football Joey Barton, is lazy and indisciplined. In fact Taarabt wasn’t even in the starting eleven for the Blackburn game. What about Barton, the poor man’s Wisey, well in QPR he’s probably found his level. Warnock’s always liked a few ‘cloggers’ in his team and Barton fits the bill. I can seen Barton trying to target Mata with a few near the knuckle challenges at the beginning of the game but then drifting hopelessly out of it and being completely overshadowed as Chelsea take over the game to win by 3 clear goals. QPR’s defence looks Championship level at best with Paddy Kenny behind them. Be good to see SWP in action again but he isn’t the player we saw in his early days at the Bridge.
So is there anything for those bad boys in the Loft to look forward to? Frankly no. QPR have to be one of those bottom of the table teams who will be nervously looking at the table week by week as they attempt to reach 38 points to stay up. When I used to cover Crystal Palace as a photographer I spent most of the game focussing on Warnock’s touch line antics rather the style of football his team played, they really were that dire to watch.
So a nice 3 points for Chels after an initial tense 10 minutes or so when QPR will come out and give it a go. A massive full house of 20,000 or so will give a great atmosphere but the majority of those fans will be going home disappointed. As for team selection, well my bet is on Sturridge, Mata and Drogs up front. Lamps, Rami (injury permtting) and Meireles in midfield. Cech, Bos, Ashley, JT and Branner at the back. So have a nice afternoon people, enjoy the game and give my regards to Neil wont you. Sure he’ll miss me.