Chelsea v QPR line-up: Costa’s back but no Remy reunion

first_imgUnbeaten Chelsea host Premier League strugglers QPR in their third London derby of the season on Saturday.The last time the two sides met at Stamford Bridge, ex-Blue Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the winner and manager Jose Mourinho expects a difficult game.Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mourinho confirmed Diego Costa and Ramires were available for selection, but ruled Loic Remy out from appearing against his old club.John Obi Mikel is also sidelined as Chelsea look to prevent the November dip in form that has cost them dearly in recent seasons.Here’s how Chelsea could line-up against QPR: 1 GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois and Petr Cech have conceded a goal apiece in the Blues’ last two fixtures, but the Belgian will almost certainly start. The first choice 22-year-old was rested midweek against Shrewsbury and will have to be alert against a QPR team with newfound belief. The west Londoners’ 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday moved them off the foot of the table and they’ll try to nick a point if possible.DefenceChelsea’s defenders appear to have lost their discipline after two red cards in two league games. Cesar Azpilicueta will serve the last of a three-match ban but Branislav Ivanovic is expected to return after missing Tuesday’s narrow Capital One Cup win. John Terry and Gary Cahill should maintain their places in centre midfield and Filipe Luis will slot into his second start of the week.MidfieldCesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic will always be two of the first names on the team sheet as they have been key to Chelsea’s success so far. The Blues boss threw on Eden Hazard for Oscar in extra-time during the midweek Cup clash to ensure a win and both seem sure starters, unlike Andre Schurrle, who failed to impress against Shrewsbury. Willian has played very well recently but Ramires could get the nod to complete his return from injury.AttackDidier Drogba has had an incredible 10 days. The 36-year-old has scored three goals in three games and Mourinho praised his fantastic contribution. However, the Ivorian will get a well-deserved rest on Saturday now Costa is back. During the Spaniard’s four-game absence, the Blues have spurned a number of chances, most frustratingly in the 1-1 draw away at Manchester United last weekend. It’s even more important he gets back on the scoresheet as Chelsea have failed to score in three of their last four games against their west London rivals. Diego Costa is available for selection 1last_img read more