Yury Zhirkov, Sam Hutchinson and Fabio Borini all make full debuts.

Zhirkov will play left-back in a defence that sees Paulo Ferreira return from injury on the right with 20-year-old Hutchinson alongside Branislav Ivanovic in the centre.

Joe Cole is captain for the night and will be at the front of an experienced midfield diamond while up front Borini partners Salomon Kalou.

New signing Nemanja Matic is on the bench, the 21-year-old midfielder having overcome injury that has delayed his introduction, and 17-year-old defender Jeffrey Bruma is also among the subs. There are three England internationals on the bench if needed.

QPR make two changes from their win against Cardiff at the weekend. In goal Tom Heaton replaces Radek Cerny and Alejandro Faurlin will play in midfield with Ben Watson not involved.

Chelsea will line up in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation as follows:

40 Hilario
19 Paulo Ferreira
2 Branislav Ivanovic
41 Sam Hutchinson
18 Yury Zhirkov
12 John Mikel Obi
35 Juliano Belletti
15 Florent Malouda
10 Joe Cole (c)
45 Fabio Borini
21 Salomon Kalou

Substitutes: 22 Ross Turnbull, 41 Jeffrey Bruma, 26 John Terry, 3 Ashley Cole, 24 Nemanja Matic, 5 Michael Essien, 8 Frank Lampard.

QPR are expected to line up in the following 4-4-2 formation:

Heaton; Borrowdale, Gorkss, Stewart, Leigertwood; Routledge, Rowlands (c), Faurlin, Buzsaky; Simpson, Vine.

Substitutes: Cerny, Ramage, Mahon, Pellicori, Taarabt, Agyemang, Ephram.

The referee is Mike Jones.


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