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Chelsea vs QPR Premier League Preview

January 01, 2013


Chelsea will be looking to start 2013 as they finished last year when they welcome relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Rafa Benitez's Blues have won four games in a row to establish themselves as the side most likely to break up the current Manchester dominance, with City firmly in their sights in second place.

They have so far enjoyed a perfect festive period, having thrashed Aston Villa 8-0 before Christmas and then battled to victories over Norwich City and Everton. 

Frank Lampard grabbed both goals at Goodison Park to issue a timely reminder of his qualities as his contract continues to wind down, and Benitez will have to deal with plenty of speculation this month regarding possible departures and arrivals. 

With the transfer window now open, Harry Redknapp has admitted he needs to strengthen his Queens Park Rangers squad to boost their chances of staging a great escape. 

There were positive signs at QPR when Redknapp first took over, but three straight defeats have put them back in deep trouble and Sunday's 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool was one of the most disappointing performances of the season. 

QPR have collected just 10 points from 20 games this term and will feel they need something from their trip across the capital to set them on the path to survival.



Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is expected to miss the visit of QPR after injuring himself in Sunday's win at Everton.

The Czech Republic international was forced off at half-time with an adductor problem and his replacement Ross Turnbull will deputise at Stamford Bridge.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel missed the Goodison Park victory with a knee injury but it is not deemed serious by Benitez.


QPR boss Redknapp has admitted he will be without three or four players for the short trip to face Chelsea.

Redknapp says a number of his squad picked up knocks during Sunday's 3-0 loss to Liverpool but refused to give away any names.

Park Ji-sung returned to training on Monday but remains a major doubt as he recovers from a knee problem, while strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are sidelined with long-term injuries.


Source: SkySports


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