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FA Cup

  • 28 January 2012
  • • 12:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 15728
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QPR - Chelsea Preview: West London rivals meet in FA Cup for first time since eruption of John Terry and Anton Ferdinand race row

QPR - Chelsea Preview: West London rivals meet in FA Cup for first time since eruption of John Terry and Anton Ferdinand race row

John Terry - Chelsea

Mark Hughes' side win over MK Dons in the third round replay was their first in the competition since 2001, with the Blues having won three of the past five finals

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Kenny
Hill, Hall, Ferdinand, Young
Derry, Buzasky, Barton, Wright-Phillips
Bothroyd, Helguson
CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Romeu, Ramires, Meireles
Mata, Torres, Sturridge
Nedum Onuoha could be in line to make his QPR debut having signed from Manchester City in midweek but AC Milan loanee Taye Taiwo is unlikely to be given international clearance in time.

Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are unavailable for the home side having been selected for Morocco and Senegal respectively for the Africa Cup of Nations, while Alejandro Faurlin has been ruled out for the season after damaging his cruciate ligaments.

Frank Lampard is unavailable for Chelsea after suffering a calf injury against Norwich City. Gary Cahill is set to make his debut having been left out of the squad for last weekend’s goalless draw at Carrow Road.

John Obi Mikel is still out with a hamstring injury while Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are on international duty for the Ivory Coast in Africa. Both John Terry and Anton Ferdinand are expected to start amid the race row controversy surrounding the pair.
DID YOU KNOW?
  •  This will be the 50th competitive match between the two sides with Chelsea having won 18 compared to QPR’s 14.
  • The clash at Loftus Road will be the first time John Terry and Anton Ferdinand (below) have played against each other since the England captain was charged for racially abusing the ex-Sunderland man.
  •  Chelsea have won the cup six times in their history.
  •  The Blues have won three out of the last five finals, most recently in 2010 against Portsmouth.
  •  The two sides have met five times previously in the Cup and were last paired together in 2008, when Chelsea claimed a 1-0 victory in the third round.
  • The Stamford Bridge outfit were knocked out at this stage in last year’s FA Cup after a penalty shoot-out against Everton.
  •  Victory over the MK Dons in the FA Cup third round replay was QPR's first in the competition since they beat Luton Town at the same stage in 2001.
  •  The last time the home side reached the fourth round of the Cup, they were beaten 6-0 by Arsenal who went on to reach the final that year.
  •  The Hoops side have won just three of their games in all competitions at Loftus Road this season, one of which was a Premier League victory over Chelsea.
  •  QPR have reached the FA Cup final just once in their history, losing to Tottenham 1-0 in 1982 following a replay.
  •  In the last three fixtures between these two sides, the home team has won 1-0 on each occasion.
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Editor's Prediction

QPR’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea earlier this season saw the Blues go down to nine men in a match that led to the race row between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand. Despite the two-man deficit, Andre Villas-Boas' side still looked lively, something which will bode well for Saturday's meeting.

There will be a tense atmosphere at Loftus Road, and with Rangers slipping perilously close to the relegation places of late, expect Chelsea to just have too much quality for their west London rivals.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

Chelsea

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
89%

Top 3 Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
0 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
0 - 2
Chelsea FC CHE
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE

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