Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers
Barclays Premier League 
Stamford Bridge 
Sunday 29 April 2012, 13:30 KO

Team News

Both Gary Cahill and David Luiz will miss Chelsea's home tie against QPR, leaving manager Roberto di Matteo with something of a defensive crisis on his hands as Branislav Ivanovic is also unavailable through suspension.

That leaves John Terry as the Blues' only available centre-back, with Jose Bosingwa likely to fill in at the back alongside the Chelsea skipper.

For QPR, Adel Taarabt will miss the game having been sent off in the 1-0 win over Tottenham last week, while Djibril Cisse is doubtful with a knee problem and Samba Diakite is struggling with an illness.

Malouda keen to maintain momentum


Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda is hoping he and his teammates can use the club's midweek success in Spain to spur themselves on against Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Blues qualified for the Champions League final in Munich on Tuesday after coming through a difficult game against Barcelona at Camp Nou, just days after their FA Cup semi-final success over Tottenham at Wembley.

Roberto Di Matteo's side have undergone a serious upturn in form in recent weeks, and now the French midfielder wants to transfer recent displays to the Premier League, as the players look to secure a top four finish.

"League games are our daily bread, and are the best way to prepare for the future," Malouda told Chelsea's official website. "We are happy to be in the two finals but the best way to prepare is to keep the confidence and win other games coming up.

"We have to win our big games now, we must win every league game to be in the top four. That's our target.

"Everybody is fit and ready to do it, we have the quality of course, the ability to win games and be solid, so it's our mission to win every game in the league and prepare to play Champions League football again next season.

"We are not happy just to be in the finals, we are looking to win them as well, so we have to continue our form."

Last week's goalless draw against Arsenal halted Chelsea's recent progress, but with four games remaining in the Premier League, Malouda has set his sights on a strong finish to the campaign prior to the club's domestic and European finals.

"When you look at our opponents it was a bad result because Newcastle won but good because Tottenham lost to QPR," he reflected. "Drawing against Arsenal at the Emirates is not a bad result, they are a very good side at home and beat Man City recently.

"We played well and were unlucky not to score, but now we need to pick up points for sure."

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