Roberto Di Matteo’s success carried over to the new campaign with Chelsea off to a perfect start in three matches. Victories over Wigan, Reading and Newcastle with two clean-sheets along the way have Chelsea fan’s hopeful of a title contending season. A fourth fixture in the new season away to Queens Park Rangers may not prove to be the easiest of affairs for Di Matteo’s squad.
Chelsea is currently first in the EPL and they will hope to remain there at the end of the weekend. Eight goals scored and only two conceded are just a few positives for Chelsea thus far, but things can prove to get difficult at Loftus Road.
Although they are undefeated in the Premier League, Chelsea’s last competitive match did not go so well. A European Super Cup match in Monaco against last season’s Europa League champions Atletico Madrid turned out to be an absolute nightmare for the London side. Not only did Atletico defeat Chelsea, but Colombian striker Radamel Falcao made the Chelsea back-line look like a group of amateurs.
Against QPR, Chelsea will have to worry about defending Bobby Zamora who has two goals this season. To say that Zamora could cause half the problems Falcao did is far fetched, but the QPR striker will not make things easy for his opponents.
Having brought in 12 new faces, Mark Hughes will be under pressure to get a positive result against Chelsea. Last season QPR defeated Chelsea at Loftus Road 1-0 with Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa getting sent off. This time around, Jose Bosingwa will be wearing the QPR uniform as he made his move over from Stamford Bridge before the transfer deadline.
Brazilian defender Fabio is also a new addition to the revamped QPR squad.
“I know all about the rivalry between QPR and Chelsea,” he said. “All the players know about this. It is a big derby game and I am ready for it.”
“These ones are more special to be play in, definitely. We really want to win this game because we know what it means to our supporters to win this match. It is very exciting. Matches like this have an extra edge.”
With QPR getting off to a poor start, having only scored two goals and conceding nine, they will be out to send a message to the visitors. A 6-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season will also be an added incentive for the hosts on Saturday. Will QPR’s new group of players be able to get things together against a very talented Chelsea side?
As for Chelsea, playing some two and a half miles from home will almost seem like a home game. Coming off the Super Cup defeat to Atletico, the Chelsea players will be ready to prove that they just had an off day and it won’t happen again. Eden Hazard will be looking to continue his success and continue his streak of getting defenders to take him down in the penalty box.
This match has upset alert written all over it, but it could also just be another bad day at the office for Mark Hughes. With the hosts not having a victory thus far, they will be under a large amount of pressure to put in a solid performance. Chelsea may not be the greatest opponent to play when you are in need of a win, but if QPR does their homework correctly, they could well pull off an upset in front of their home fans.