Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea: Match Preview


Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea
FA Cup, 4th Round
Loftus Road
Saturday, 28th January; 12:00 KO


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QPR boss Mark Hughes has an injury hit squad to choose from ahead of the Hoops' hotly-anticipated F.A Cup 4th round clash against Chelsea on Saturday.


Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Connolly, Jay Bothroyd and DJ Campbell are all doubts for the game while Akos Buzsaky, who was on the scoresheet against Wigan last weekend could also miss out.


For Chelsea, Frank Lampard will miss the game after picking up a minor calf tear in the Blues 0-0 draw with Norwich last weekend, while John Terry should start despite his off-the-pitch worries.


Ivanovic targets cup success


Branislav Ivanovic insists that F.A Cup success is a target for Chelsea this season ahead of the Blues clash against rivals QPR in the 4th round of the competition on Saturday.


Tensions have been building ahead of the game, which marks the first time both clubs have met since John Terry was charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during QPR’s 1-0 win over the Blues in October.


Both clubs have appealed for calm ahead of the tie, and Ferdinand and Terry have been asked to share a handshake before the game in an attempt to cool tensions between both sets of supporters.


While all the focus in the build up to the game has focused on Terry and Ferdinand, Ivanovic says Chelsea are focused on winning the competition this year.


"The FA Cup is very important," he told the official Chelsea website. "It's a competition with the biggest history in the world and every player respects that and wants to win it.


“It's a good trophy to have in your collection. Of course, nowadays the league and Champions League are hugely significant, but the players certainly take the FA Cup very seriously, as we have proved, and it's a competition we want to win,” he added.


Chelsea and Ivanovic have tasted recent success in the F.A Cup, holding aloft the famous trophy at Wembley in 2009 and 2010, and Serbian international revealed that the knockout competition holds a special place in his heart.

"I sometimes watched the FA Cup as a youngster, but in my country our own domestic cup competition is also very important, just like the FA Cup is over here," he said.


"The FA Cup in this country is only marginally placed behind the league in terms of prestige, the supporters care about it a lot, and this gives a special feeling in matches. When the smaller teams play against a bigger side and show a lot of heart, supporters can relate to that."

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