FA Cup Preview: QPR - Chelsea
Mark Hughes side's win over MK Dons in the third round replay was the its first in the competition since 2001, with the Blues having won three of the past five finals.
By Alex Meyers
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Hill, Hall, Ferdinand, Young
Derry, Buzasky, Barton, Wright-Phillips
Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Romeu, Ramires, Meireles
Mata, Torres, Sturridge
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 former Sunderland man.
- Chelsea has won the cup six times in club 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 was knocked out at this stage in last year’s FA Cup after a penalty shootout against Everton.
- Victory over the MK Dons in the FA Cup third round replay was QPR's first in the competition since the team beat Luton Town at the same stage in 2001.
- The last time the home side reached the fourth round of the Cup, it was beaten 6-0 by Arsenal which went on to reach the final that year.
- The Hoops side has won just three of its games in all competitions at Loftus Road this season, one of which was a Premier League victory over Chelsea.
- QPR has reached the FA Cup final just once in its 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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Top 3 Predictions
QPR 0-3 Chelsea
- 23.29 %
QPR 0-2 Chelsea
- 20.05 %
QPR 1-3 Chelsea
- 13.45 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 2, 2013||Chelsea 0 - QPR 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 15, 2012||QPR 0 - Chelsea 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 29, 2012||Chelsea 6 - QPR 1|
|FA Cup (FA)||Jan 28, 2012||QPR 0 - Chelsea 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Oct 23, 2011||QPR 1 - Chelsea 0|
|Dec 7, 2013||QPR 0 - Blackburn 0||ENG2|
|Dec 3, 2013||QPR 3 - Bournemouth 0||ENG2|
|Nov 30, 2013||Doncaster Rovers 2 - QPR 1||ENG2|
|Nov 23, 2013||QPR 1 - Charlton Athletic 0||ENG2|
|Nov 9, 2013||Reading 1 - QPR 1||ENG2|
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