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  • January 28, 2012
  • • 12:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 15728
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FA Cup Preview: QPR - Chelsea

FA Cup Preview: QPR - Chelsea

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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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
-Fitz HallDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
14Tommy SmithStriker
9Heidar HelgussonStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
16Bradley OrrDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
22Hogan EphraimMidfielder
20Rob HulseStriker
27Federico MachedaStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
26John TerryDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
3José BosingwaDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
Players to Watch
Joey Barton
Joey Barton
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

QPR’s captain revealed that he was warned by the FA for tweets that correctly guessed both Manchester teams would win their Premier League fixtures last week, but will want his football to do the talking against Chelsea.

There has been much speculation that Barton could be sold, but his manager Mark Hughes has rubbished these rumours. If his side are to enjoy a run in the FA Cup as well as securing Premier League survival, the Englishman is one player that must stay at Loftus Road.

Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0

Much has been said of the once prolific Spaniard following his move to Chelsea nearly a year ago. Since his £50 million record Premier League transfer he has mustered just five goals for the Blues and there cannot be too much longer until the club’s patience with him finally runs out.

Despite his barren run, Torres undoubtedly has the skill to regain the form that made him a World and European champion, and perhaps Chelsea’s training camp in Mallorca this week in his home country can inspire him to reach the heights he used to with such ease.

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.

Editor's Prediction
QPR 0

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