Premier League Preview: QPR - Tottenham
Harry Redknapp’s side needs a boost after winning just one of its last eight top-flight games but will have to perform against a Hoops side battling to avoid relegation.
By Shane Farrington
Onuoha, Hill, Ferdinand, Taiwo
Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt
Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
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 semifinal. 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 has won all of the last three matches at Loftus Road - a 3-2 win over Liverpool, a 2-1 win over Arsenal and a 3-0 win over 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 managed two league goals since joining the Hoops from Fulham in January.
- Of the previous nine Premier League meetings between the two teams, QPR has won three, Spurs four and there have 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 has only won one of its last eight Premier League matches - a 3-1 home win against Swansea City.
- Emmanuel Adebayor is currently Tottenham’s top scorer with 13 league goals from his 29 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.
- The host has not beaten Redknapp's side since 1995, a 2-1 victory at home.
- 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 2-0 on Dec. 27.
Top 3 Predictions
QPR 2-1 Tottenham
- 16.3 %
QPR 0-2 Tottenham
- 14.55 %
QPR 1-3 Tottenham
- 11.38 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 12, 2013||QPR 0 - Tottenham 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 23, 2012||Tottenham 2 - QPR 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 21, 2012||QPR 1 - Tottenham 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Oct 30, 2011||Tottenham 3 - QPR 1|
|May 12, 2013||QPR 1 - Newcastle 2||EPL|
|May 4, 2013||QPR 0 - Arsenal 1||EPL|
|Apr 28, 2013||Reading 0 - QPR 0||EPL|
|Apr 20, 2013||QPR 0 - Stoke 2||EPL|
|Apr 13, 2013||Everton 2 - QPR 0||EPL|
|23||Rafael van der Vaart||Midfielder|
|9||Giovani dos Santos||Striker|
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