Chelsea maintain their lead at the top of the table with a win over their west-London rivals Queens Park Rangers.
Match Report – Diego Costa was fit and selected to lead the line for Chelsea. Filipe Luis started at left-back in for the suspended Cesar Azpilicueta. Bobby Zamora was dropped to the bench as Queens Park Rangers opted to start with one upfront with Charlie Austin getting the nod. Junior Hoilett selected ahead of Zamora started on the wide left-midfield position for Rangers.
First-half: The match started with Chelsea dominating possession and dictating the play. An early spell of Chelsea corners was won, with three in a row, but Queens Park Rangers done well to defend the Chelsea corners. Diego Costa showed his strength upfront holding the ball up well and creating a chance for Oscar but the Brazilian failed to hit the target. A lovely piece of play by the Blues saw Branislav Ivanovic come close but the Serbians shot hit the outside netting. Rangers saw very little of the ball and were reduced to defending for majority of the half as the Blues set up well and even when losing possession crowded out Rangers to retain the ball. A great physical battle developed between Costa and Dunne but Dunne was able to keep the Spaniard from scoring. Cesc Fabregas also had a shot at goal but it was dealt with by Green. The breakthrough came on the 30th minute with yet another Fabregas assist and a goal of supreme quality from Oscar, with the Brazilians outside-right-footed shot leaving the keeper with no chance. No significant chances followed and the first-half ended Chelsea 1 – 0 Queens Park Rangers.
Second-half: Rangers had a better start to the second-half and had more of the ball and started looking for opportunities in the Chelsea half. First chance of the second-half fell to Chelsea with Eden Hazard only inches away from tapping in a Willian cross. After an hour gone Hoilett is substituted and Zamora introduced. The substitution had an immediate effect having created a bit of confusion in the Chelsea backline and Austin was able to cleverly direct his flick into the Chelsea net. Sandro came close to giving the visitors their second goal but his shot was just wide of the post. With 20 minutes to go Hazard wins a freekick which Oscar takes well, beating the wall and forcing a save out of Green. Hazard wins a penalty which the Belgian takes himself and calmly slots home to put his team back in the lead. Andre Schurrle shortly after his introduction forced a save out of Green. John Terry also forces Green to deal with his header at goal, but the keeper is up for the test. The match ends Chelsea 2 – 1 Queens Park Rangers.
Date: Saturday 1 November 2014
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 41 486
Referee: Mike Jones
Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Queens Park Rangers
Scorers: Oscar 32’, Hazard 76’; Austin 62’.
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Man of the Match: Oscar
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian (Drogba), Oscar, Hazard (Ramires); Costa (Schurrle).
Queens Park Rangers (4-5-1): Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Henry, Sandro, Fer (Traore), Hoilett (Zamora); Austin.