It’s derby day in the Premier League – kicking off with Chelsea’s short visit to QPR at 1.30pm.
It’s a must-win game for both sides; the former, hell-bent on increasing their lead at the Premier League’s summit to seven points, the latter desperate to drag themselves up from the depths of the relegation zone.
Such an affiarcalls for the undisputed master of the big occasions, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba – especially in the absence of Blues top scorer Diego Costa, who has been riddled by another hamstring injury.
He’s scored countless important goals for the West Londoners down the years – most particularly, the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final – but his introduction today has lead to quite a mixed response from Blues fans on Twitter:
Really want Drogba to have a good game today. We need him to!
— Brad (@ChelseaBrad12) April 12, 2015
Drogba looks tired after running for 20 minutes.
— #CarefreeDaily (@CarefreeDaily) April 12, 2015
Really could of used remy today, but hopefully drogba can pull something out of the bag
— Areese (@areese1995) April 12, 2015
No Remy. Drogba starts. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
— Jason (@jayblues8) April 12, 2015
The other notable omission is playmaker Oscar. He drops to the bench to leave a midfield five of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Ramires, Willian and Eden Hazard. It’s presumed Jose Mourinho wants some extra work-rate in the middle of the park for a derby expected to be fiercely contested.