Venue: Loftus Road
Date: 9th September 2012
Kickoff: 3:00 PM BST
Possible Lineups: Chelsea F.C. (4-2-3-1): Cech-Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole-Lampard, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Mata-Torres.
QPR (4-4-2): Green - Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Onouha, Fabio - Wright-Phillips, Granero, Faurlin, Park - Zamora, Johnson
Referee: A Marriner
All QPR players have been reported to be fit with Mark Hughes facing no problems in choosing 11 players to play the Pensioners. Roberto Di Matteo has also said that the entire squad is fit as Terry and Cole have been cleared for the game by the medical staff. Moreover, to the delight of the fans, Marko Marin will be a part of the Chelsea team that will take on Liverpool in the Under-21 game today , to retain fitness
The London derby is all set to begin, with QPR trying their best to extract revenge from Chelsea who embarrassed them last year with 6 goals. The match happens to be one of the most significant fixtures of the seasons for both sets of fans, as John Terry and Anton Ferdinand gear up to face each other for the first time after their racism row.
QPR have a lot to prove after spending heavily in the summer transfer window just like their opponents. Fernando Torres will be looking to feature in the scoring charts again while QPR will hope to bounce back after losing to Manchester City.
Stats of the match via Opta Sports :
Chelsea have won penalties in each of their first league games this season.
Chelsea have won just two of their last 10 Premier League away games.
Bobby Zamora has never scored in 11 Premier League appearances against Chelsea.
QPR suffered their first home defeat in 6 games against Swansea on the opening day.
Eden Hazard has 4 assists , 1 goal and won two penalties in the first three games of the English Premier League.
Prediction: A narrow win for Chelsea.
Even after the loss against Atletico, the Blues look pretty confident in the Premier League and with Eden Hazard in their starting 11 , many teams will find it tough to stop them.