In one of the less celebrated London derbies, Chelsea will welcome Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, where both sides are set apart by 16 points with vastly differing fortunes. You can make Chelsea ticket bookings online
the tickets for this game – it’s a rare chance to potentially see Chelsea in full-flowing title form, despite the niggling injuries.
Chelsea are giving the impression like they’re storming away with the league with the league leaders having amassed 23 points out of possible 27, and are yet to be defeated, while QPR on the other hand have only 7 points and are second from bottom in the league.
Jose Mourinho’s side dropped points for the second time last Sunday after conceding a late equaliser from Manchester United at Old Trafford. Chelsea were comfortably cruising for yet another victory after Didier Drogba’s opener, but a late strike from Robin van Persie sealed a last-gasp draw for the home side.
Chelsea courtesy of a late own goal progressed to the next rounds of the Capital One Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town in the midweek, and several first team players who were rested in the match are likely to return – Diego Costa being one of them. Mourinho has confirmed that Costa will return to action after a two-week injury lay off, but the Blues will be without French striker Loic Remy who has aggravated his groin injury.
QPR finally got themselves off from the bottom of the table with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in their last match. Although Chelsea start as strong favourites for this tie, the Hoops can stage an upset here, having earned a shock 1-0 victory last time they faced Mourinho’s team at the Bridge.
The visitors will be without Rio Ferdinand who has been handed a three-match ban by the FA for making a controversial statement on Twitter.
Nedum Onuoha, Joey Barton and Jordan Mutch will miss out with hamstring injuries while Alejandro Faurlin is out for the season with a knee ligament problem.
Harry Redknapp played an adventurous 4-3-3 against Villa but he is likely to play his card safely here with a 4-5-1 defensive set-up. After all, they hold the record of having the leakiest defence (18 goals conceded) and therefore would likely to follow a more counter-attacking style against the best attack (24 goals scored) in the league.