44 Wednesday, 23 September 2009 London Lite LITESPORT TONIGHTSFIXTURES(7.45pmKOunlessstated) CARLING CUP THIRD ROUND Aston Villa v Cardiff, CHELSEA v QPR, Hull v Everton, Man City v FULHAM (8.00), Man Utd v Wolves (8.00, Sky Sports 2), Preston v TOTTENHAM. Capello cant afford to ignore returning Cole CHELSEA v QPR CARLING CUP THIRD ROUND. STAMFORD BRIDGE (KO: 7.45PM) REFEREE MIKE JONES (CHESTER) KEY MEN FABIO BORINI CHELSEA MostChelseafansgottheirfirst glimpseofBoriniwhenheplayed forthefinalfewminutesoftheir winagainstTottenham,but Ancelottibelievesthestrikerhas abrightfuture.Hewasluredfrom Bolognain2007afterbeing spottedbyArnesensscouting network.Heisadeadlyfinisher andwastopscorerforthe reserveslastseason,withfour goalsfromsixstarts,andalso netted11timesin10matchesfor theyouthteam. JAY SIMPSON QPR Footballfanshavegrown accustomedtoseeingArsenals kidsplayingintheCarlingCupbut oneofthemwillbeinaction wearingaQPRshirtatStamford Bridgetonight.Simpson(left)has joinedtheChampionshipclubon aseason-longloanfromthe Gunners. Simpsonhasenjoyed someofhisbestmomentsinthe competition,havingmadehis ArsenaldebutagainstSheffield United12monthsagobefore scoringtwiceinhisfirststart againstWigan. CHELSEA 4-2-3-1 QPR 4-4-2 Simpson StewartGorkss Faurlin Borrowdale Leigerwood Routledge Cerny Rowlands POSSIBLE LINE-UPS Joeto go to World Cup,says Wilkins BY JAMES GOLDMAN JOECOLEmakeshisfirstChelsea appearance for nine months this evening with Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins backing the mid- fielder to win back his England place. The 27-year-old returns to the starting line-up having completed his rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament surgery. The road to recovery was any- thing but straightforward -- and he had to sit back and watch the likes of James Milner, Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott make convincing cases for World Cup selection. But Wilkins is confident a fully fit Cole (below) will offer Fabio Capello something none of the young pretenders can, and is sure hell be boarding the plane to South Africa in the summer. A fully fit Joe Cole will be very much around the England squad, said Wilkins ahead of tonights Carling Cup clash against west London rivals QPR. He could play in any of those three positions in the midfield diamond. Joe will give us something dif- ferent as well. The World Cup is a lovely carrot for him -- to work back into Fabios reckoning. The important thing with Joe is that hes had a few prob- lems with his knees, but his knee is far better prepared for football now. Hes a much stronger footballer now. Hell be a bit ring rusty, but hes put so much work in its lovely to see him back. Its been tough for him. But the workload hes put in has been phenomenal. The Stamford Bridge faithful will get a double treat tonight, with Carlo Ancelotti set to hand a belated full debut to his only major summer sign- ing, Russia international Yuri Zhirkov. Since completing an 18m transfer from CSKA Moscow, the 26- year-old has been ham- pered by a niggling knee injury. But the man who would have been an electrician had he not become a footballer, is readytosparktheChel- sea crowd into life with the skills that brought him prominence at Euro 2008. He said: This is Chelsea, I dont think anythingneedstobesaid about the club. Every- thing is done at the high- est level. You have the best players here and the best facilities and now I have to prove I am at this level too. Tinkering is all fine with Vine QPR striker Rowan Vine has warned Carlo Ancelotti he will pay a heavy price if he emulates Claudio Ranieri by tinkering with Chelseas team tonight. The Italian is likely to rest a number of key players, including the likes of Didier Drogba. But Vine insists Rangers are equipped to take advantage and ignore the distraction of owner Flavio Briatores expulsion from Formula 1, following the Renault crashgate scandal. You always see upsets occur in the cup competitions and the Carling Cup especially tends to see the big sides resting a couple of players here and there, said the 26-year-old former Luton and Birmingham striker. Weve performed well against Premier League opposition over the last couple of years, so we will certainly be believing that we can get something out of the tie. Hodgons defending under-fire City duo FULHAM manager Roy Hodgson has launched a considered defence of under-fire Manchester City strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy. Adebayor has been charged with inflammatory behaviour after his antics against Arsenal while Bellamy last night received a warning from the FA for clashing with a Manchester United supporter, who ran on the pitch at Old Trafford after Sundays pulsating 4-2 derby defeat. Hodgson, whose Fulham side face Manchester City in the Carling Cup tonight, said: How saintly can we expect players to behave in the face of sometimes quite unnecessary provocation? Everyone seems to be taking the line that there is no justification, that players have to be bigger than that, which I quite understand. But on the other hand is it right the players take the abuse they do? We all learn that you have to turn the other cheek -- but it is easier said than done. It is something we preach to the players but it is an emotional game. Hodgson is likely to ring the changes again for tonights Carling Cup clash, despite Hughes announcing he will field his strongest possible team. Hodgson made 10 changes for Sundays Premier League game at Wolves and is likely to revert back to the shadow side that drew 1-1 with CSKA Sofia in the Europa League last Thursday. He said: We would like to do well in all competitions but we wont be the only club to prioritise the League over the Carling Cup. Unnecessary provocation: Roy Hodgson Buzsaky MAN CITY V FULHAM CARLING CUP 3RD RND, KICK-OFF: 8PM MATCH FACTS This will be the third time they have met in the League Cup. The first ended in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road in January 1986, with QPR winning the replay 2-0. These two London rivals have met on 47 occasions, Chelsea winning 17 times compared to QPRs 13, with 17 ending in draws. This will be the third time the two west London rivals have met in the League Cup. The first ended in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road in January 1986, with QPR winning the replay 2-0. LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Chelsea 1-5, QPR 11-1, draw 5-1. 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