Premier League: Chelsea vs QPR match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

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The Independent Online

Jose Mourinho couldn’t hide his dismay with Chelsea’s fringe players not impressing midweek and will welcome his first team back into the fold, including the much anticipated return of Diego Costa.

Last Sunday Chelsea missed out on a win at Old Trafford with Robin van Persie snatching a late draw in injury time. This has led to many critics stating that Chelsea cannot kill a game off, and they will be in a bullish mood to ensure that all three points don’t slip away this time.

Queens Park Rangers managed to notch their first win of the season on Monday, brushing aside a struggling Aston Villa. They showed good form against Liverpool in the match previously and were unlucky to not take a point, so they come into this game in good playing form.

Harry Redknapp will also be pleased with Charlie Austin, whose lethal brace on Monday doubled his tally to four for the season.

Needless to say, with league leaders still unbeaten The Hoops will have their work cut out.

Video: Premier League Preview  

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Chelsea 0 QPR 1 (Shaun Wright-Phillips), Premier League, January 2013

QPR 0 Chelsea 0, Premier League, September 2012

Chelsea 6 (Sturridge, Terry, Torres 3, Malouda) QPR 1 (Cisse), Premier League, April 2012

STATS…

These two have faced a total of 53 times in all competitions, Chelsea winning 20, QPR winning 15 and the remaining 18 being draws.

Chelsea have scored the most amount of goals in the league (24) and QPR have conceded the highest (18).

Chelsea are unbeaten in the league, this time last season they had lost only one game.

 

ODDS…

Chelsea to win: 1.16

QPR to win: 19.0

Draw: 7.5

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

The last time QPR went to Stamford Bridge they won 1-0 with Shaun Wright-Phillips scoring against his former club, in January 2013.

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.

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