QPR v Chelsea: Match Preview

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QPR v Chelsea
Loftus Road
Sunday 23 October 2011, 16:00
Barclays Premier League

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QPR boss Neil Warnock will be without the services of DJ Campbell after the striker was ruled out for eight weeks with a metatarsal injury. That means Heidar Helguson is likely to be preferred up front to Jay Bothroyd.

Danny Gabbidon is set to miss out as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, while Matthew Connolly is rated as 50/50.

Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas is set to welcome back John Terry, Juan Mata, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge after resting them for Chelsea's UEFA Champions League clash with Genk in midweek.

Fernando Torres serves the final game of his three-match ban, and Ramires misses out through injury picked up in the 3-1 victory over Everton last weekend.

Villas-Boas set to ring the changes

Andre Villas-Boas will have no reservations about rotating his selection again when Chelsea travel to Loftus Road to face QPR in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

The Portuguese tactician made half-a-dozen changes for the Blues' 5-0 UEFA Champions League win over Genk on Wednesday night, and is expected to tinker with his starting line-up again.

"We were able to make six changes to the team and were able to perform how we did and not lose our consistency in terms of play and result, and this is what gratifies the technical staff," said Villas-Boas.


"The talent is so immense that we are able to change those players and still perform up to that level. That shows the kind of commitment and the kind of squad at our disposal.

"When changes like that happen and you have that kind of performance, you have to take that into account so everybody is competing for places.

"At the moment the minutes played by the players this season are spread out more or less in an even way, and this reflects the depth of our squad.

"We are able to choose from any 11 or 18 and keep the same level of performance and the same result."

Looking ahead to the weekend encounter, Villas-Boas insists he will not underestimate the threat posed by Neil Warnock's side, and is anticipating a difficult encounter.

"QPR have been able to stamp their way in the Premier League quite comfortably for a club coming up," he added. "They are able to compete to a good standard, so it is going to be a difficult game.

"It is a tight ground with a lot of emotions and I respect the job he is doing because he brings that charisma to the team."

Possible line-ups:

QPR [4-5-1]: Kenny; Young, Ferdinand, Hall, Traore; Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Taarabt, Faurlin; Helguson

Chelsea [4-3-3]: Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole; Lampard, Mikel, Mata; Anelka, Drogba, Sturridge

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