Premier League Preview: Tottenham - QPR
The Rs have been poor on their travels ever since being promoted back to the Premier League. It has been over a year since they picked up a clean sheet away from Loftus Road.
By Ryan Benson
Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton
Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale
Bosingwa, Nelsen, Onuoha, Traore
Wright-Phillips, Faurlin, Granero, Park
Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping his side can start picking up some form, and although it was far from spectacular against Lazio on Thursday the Portuguese coach will be relieved he has no new injury concerns.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) is still a few weeks away from a return, meaning Kyle Naughton will most likely continue to deputize for the Cameroonian after playing left back on many occasions last season for Norwich City. Younes Kaboul (knee) is expected to be out until December and Emmanuel Adebayor missed Spurs' midweek Europa League clash with a hamstring problem, but Scott Parker could feature after finally recovering from an Achilles problem.
Last time out QPR may have earned a well-fought point against Chelsea, but it came at a cost with several players now carrying injuries and most of Mark Hughes' worries are in defense. Anton Ferdinand and Fabio da Silva (both hamstring) look set to miss out, while Stephane M'Bia who could have been drafted in at the back is a doubt with a slight knock.
Andy Johnson (cruciate ligament) was also forced off against Chelsea and will be out for the foreseeable future, but the Rs have a wealth of players to pick a replacement from in attack.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Tottenham has lost only two of its last 15 home matches.
- Meanwhile, QPR have won none of their last 15 away matches, drawing three and losing 12.
- It has been more than a year since the Hoops' last clean sheet on the road, coming in a 3-0 win over Wolves last September.
- With 26, Jermain Defoe has had more shots than any other player in the Premier League so far.
- Bobby Zamora is the only player to score for Mark Hughes' side in the league so far this season. The forward has two.
- If he plays, Ryan Nelsen will come face-to-face with his former club after a six-month spell at White Hart Lane last season.
- Spurs are yet to concede a goal in the first-half this season.
- No referee has awarded more Premier League penalties than Phil Dowd (13) since the beginning of last season.
- Against Chelsea, Alejandro Faurlin (pictured right) had an 88 percent pass completion, better than every other player on the pitch.
Top 3 Predictions
Tottenham 2-0 QPR
- 19.26 %
Tottenham 2-1 QPR
- 12.4 %
Tottenham 3-1 QPR
- 10.64 %
|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 19, 2013||Tottenham 1 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|May 12, 2013||Stoke 1 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
|May 8, 2013||Chelsea 2 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
|May 4, 2013||Tottenham 1 - Southampton 0||EPL|
|Apr 27, 2013||Wigan Athletic 2 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
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