Marc Bircham believes intimidating Chelsea’s players on Sunday is the key to QPR recording their first home win of the season.
Chelsea travel to Loftus Road for the first time in the Premier League since January 1996 and the 33-year-old former midfielder knows the club's fans can play a big part.
Bircham told QPR Podcast, 'Open All R's': “The key will be to make it really hostile for Chelsea. They won’t be used to playing on a pitch as small as Loftus Road, where the fans are so close to the players.
"Right from the first whistle, they need to make it so hostile that they don’t get an early goal. We’ve got to make it our Istanbul.
"If I was a player, that’s how I’d want it, make it horrible for them. This is the one game fans can do that and they can really play their part on Sunday.”
Lifelong QPR fan Bircham played more than 150 league games for the Super Hoops and admits they need to start picking up maximum points at home to stay afloat this season.
“We have to turn it around because if we’re going to stay up, our home record has to do it for us and I think it could be the start of that on Sunday.”
To listen to the full interview with Marc Bircham, download 'Open All R's' - the new QPR Podcast.