Having earned just their second win of the season last time out, Queens Park Rangers have a daunting West London derby ahead at Chelsea.
The home side were left to rue a last-gasp equaliser and some questionable officiating as they dropped points for only the second time this season at Manchester United. Despite manager Jose Mourinho’s obvious disappointment, he will still be delighted at having a six-point cushion over reigning champions Manchester City.
The 51-year-old then took the opportunity to rest several players for the Capital One Cup match at Shrewsbury Town, which they just about came through thanks to an own goal and another strike from in-form warhorse Didier Drogba.
There was not a great deal of quality in QPR’s win over Aston Villa on Monday, but few were concerned about the manner of the result at a nervy Loftus Road. The three points gave them the psychological boost of moving off the bottom of the table, and it allowed the issues surrounding manager Harry Redknapp and midfielder Adel Taarabt to subside.
Winning away to the leaders is a very tough ask, but Rangers can take encouragement at the fact they won on their last visit, with a Shaun Wright-Phillips strike sealing victory in January 2013.
Diego Costa and Ramires could make their return for Chelsea here, but Loic Remy is definitely out and Cesar Azpilicueta serves the final game of his suspension.
QPR will be without Rio Ferdinand after the defender was given a three-match ban by the FA for Twitter remarks. Joey Barton, Jordon Mutch and Nedum Onuoha could recover from injury in time to play a part.
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