The Hoops travel the short distance to Stamford Bridge one point above the drop zone and with a poor away record, while the hosts are still buzzing from European success on Tuesday
Ferreira, Bosingwa, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Mata, Sturridge
Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo
Mackie, Barton, Derry, Buzsaky
Chelsea are facing a defensive crisis ahead of the west London derby with QPR on Sunday. David Luiz and Gary Cahill are both sidelined with hamstring injuries while Branislav Ivanovic misses the final game of his three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct after an incident with Wigan's Shaun Maloney earlier this month.
These problems leave Roberto Di Matteo with just one recognised centre-back in John Terry and therefore Jose Bosingwa is likely to fill in while Paulo Ferreira should replace his fellow countryman at right-back.
Aside from the back four, the manager's other issue is whether to rest up his squad after their successful efforts against Barcelona on Tuesday, and with FA Cup and Champions League finals on the horizon, or whether to keep full focus on trying to finish in the top four.
As for the visitors, Mark Hughes will make late decisions on both Djibril Cisse and Clint Hill, who are likely to recover from knocks, while it is less probable that Samba Diakite will make the starting line-up. Adel Taarabt is also unavailable for QPR after the midfielder saw red against Tottenham in their last game.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chelsea have only beaten QPR twice in Premier League history, though one of those occasions came earlier this season.
- Out of four home ties with the Hoops, Di Matteo's side have won three without conceding, drawing the other. Chelsea are 7/5 with PaddyPower to beat QPR to nil.
- Since the Italian (pictured right) took over, the Blues have lost just once in 15 across all competitions, against Manchester City.
- However, the hosts have not managed a single London derby victory this season in the League, drawing five and losing two.
- QPR, on the other hand, have mustered three wins out of their seven capital derbies so far this season, although all of those were at home.
- Hughes' men have gained just 11 points from their travels this campaign, the lowest in the league.
- In their last eight fixtures, the visitors have recorded alternate away victories and away losses - should this trend carry on to Sunday, Chelsea would win.
- The Hoops have received eight red cards in the league this season, which is one away from Sunderland's record high of nine in 2009-10.
- Ahead of the clash, the Premier League have announced that pre-match handshakes have been suspended due to "specific legal context" regarding John Terry's alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand.