Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have been sitting pretty on their perch at the summit of the Premier League table, whilst QPR have battled it out with fellow strugglers, but a slight resurgence has boosted morale in the the R's' camp ahead of the showdown between the two London clubs.
Despite QPR's precarious standing, one place and three points off of the foot of the table, Mourinho will be wary of the threat they carry, having overcome Aston Villa last week and lost, promisingly, in dramatic fashion to Liverpool the week prior.
However, Chelsea are a step up from both Liverpool and Villa and QPR will be extremely precautious in their approach.
Mourinho will field a full-strength side, having observed QPR's performance against Liverpool. That full-strength team will feature Diego Costa, in the wake of his return to fitness and possibly Ramires, who will also be returning for the game.
Thibaut Courtois will return to the side following a rest in midweek, as will John Terry, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas. Mourinho is also likely to play in a sterdir, more defensive system, as to sure a clean sheet, something which Chelsea have only claimed twice in the league this campaign to date.
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On the QPR side, Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for derogatory comments made via social media. Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker will take to the pitch in Ferdinand's absence. The in-form Eduardo Vargas could take to the flank, with Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin ahead, in a bid to get at Chelsea's back line.
Courtois; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Luís; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa
Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Suk-Young; Sandro, Fer, Henry, Vargas; Zamora, Austin
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