The last time Chelsea played QPR at Loftus Road Glen Hoddle was manager and Dennis Wise was still playing in Blue (1995/1996 season). We won that game 2-1 and we haven’t faced QPR at Loftus road since then. We hadn’t played them in 12 years prior to our encounter in the FA cup in 2008. In that the game, we won thanks to an own goal from Camp.
It’s been 15 years since Blues have had a valid reason to visit Loftus Road. Given AVB has declared Fulham as our local rivals and not QPR, it might motivate QPR to get a result against us. QPR haven’t won at home in top flight football for over 15 years, it will be a cider moment for them if they can get a result against us.
On paper, we will bulldoze QPR to the ground; we have won 6 times, drawn once and lost once since the season started. Our blue army has scored 17 goals in the last 4 games only conceding three. The chances of QPR getting a result against Chelsea are slim given they have only earned 9 points from their opening eight games. Finally, QPR has already played a London derby; it was against Fulham and they lost 6-0. On paper, we should have a comfortable win given Mata, Drogba and Sturridge were rested ahead of this clash.
Ramires has been ruled out of the QPR match so I expect this to be our lineup: Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole, Meireles, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, and Sturridge. Given Torres scored twice in midweek, Drogba would love to score to stake a claim for a starting place against his favorite team Arsenal next week.
Based on my research on QPR, I expect them to line up (4-4-2) as follows: Kenny, Derry, Hall, Taarabt, Traore, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Buzsaky, Orr, Connolly, Barton, Young, Smith, Helguson, Murphy, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand, and Puncheon. QPR have a striking problem because 5 of their goals have come from 5 different players. This problem could work in their favor as they don’t have an obvious goal scoring threat.
I’m expecting a comfortable win, my prediction is 3-0. I hope for more; it would be nice to embarrass Wright-Phillips for his comments about Chelsea after he returned to Man City. Enjoy the game.