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  • 21 April 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
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QPR - Tottenham Preview: Visitors out to bounce back from FA Cup semi-final heartache by grabbing three vital points

Harry Redknapp’s side need a boost after winning just one of their last eight top-flight games but will have to perform against a Hoops side battling to avoid relegation

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR


Kenny
Onuoha, Hill, Ferdinand, Taiwo

Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt
Zamora, Cisse
TOTTENHAM


Friedel
Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto

Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Adebayor, Saha

QPR boss Mark Hughes is likely to hand Djibril Cisse a starting place following his return from a four-game ban. Jamie Mackie could well be the player to make way for the former Lazio striker as Hughes looks for a vital win. This may be the only change from the side that narrowly lost to West Brom.

This will mean that the club’s top scorer Heidar Helguson, who recently made his comeback from injury, will again have to settle for a place on the bench. Long-term injury victims Kieron Dyer (foot) and Alejandro Faurlin (knee) are still out.

As for the visitors, Harry Redknapp could make a number of changes to the side that lost 5-1 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. Brad Friedel is set to take Carlo Cudicini’s place in goal, while in front of him Younes Kaboul looks poised to return, with either Ledley King or William Gallas dropping out.

Scott Parker should recover from a hamstring injury picked up against Chelsea and start the game. There could be a change up front with the Spurs boss possibly looking to play two out-and-out strikers. This would mean Rafael van der Vaart dropping to the bench with Louis Saha coming in. Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone remain sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR have won all of their last three matches at Loftus Road - a 3-2 win over Liverpool, a 2-1 victory over Arsenal and a 3-0 triumph against Swansea City.
  • Bobby Zamora (pictured right) failed to score in 16 Premier League appearances during his spell at Tottenham in the 2003-04 season. He has netted only two league goals since joining the Hoops from Fulham in January.
  • Of the previous nine Premier League meetings between the two teams, QPR have won three, Spurs four and there has been two draws.
  • The previous meeting this season at White Hart Lane finished in a 3-1 win to Harry Redknapp’s side. Gareth Bale grabbed two with Rafael van der Vaart also on the scoresheet. Jay Bothroyd scored QPR’s goal.
  • Tottenham have only won one of their last eight Premier League matches - a 3-1 home win against Swansea City.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor is currently Tottenham’s top scorer with 13 goals from his 29 league appearances. He is also the only player apart from Robin van Persie to hit double figures for both goals and assists this season in the Premier League.
  • Spurs have failed to score in their last three away games, and haven't won on the road this calendar year. Their last victory came at Carrow Road, beating Norwich City 2-0 on December 27.

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1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
3Taye TaiwoDefender
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15Nedum OnuohaDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
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24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
19Danny GabbidonDefender
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9Heidar HelgussonStriker
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28Scott ParkerMidfielder
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