Tottenham v QPR Preview

It’s the second London derby of the weekend as Tottenham host new boys QPR at White Hart Lane, kick off 4pm.

If Saturday’s clash of the clubs from the capital was anything to go by then Sunday’s encounter, the first meeting between these two West London rivals since December 1995 when a certain Teddy Sheringham secured a 1-0 win for the R’s, should be an end to end classic.

QPR will be bouyed by their famous victory over Chelsea last weekend but that result has been over shadowed by the controversy surrounding the Anton Ferdinand-John Terry racism row. The QPR defender is due to give an official statement to the FA following the game at the Lane.

Spurs are on a current run of ten games without defeat in all competitions and having had a rest during the week, Harry Redknapp’s me should be raring to go. They haven’t lost to a London rival at home for 16 games while they have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League games at the Lane.

Last week’s game with Chelsea was the start of a tricky period for Neil Warnock’s charges with the rampant Man City following Sunday’s game with Tottenham.

Heidar Helguson who scored the winner last week is likely to start up front on his own meaning Jay Bothroyd and DJ Campbell will have to once again settle for a place on the bench. Warnock is likely to select the same starting side that recorded that famous win over Chelsea with former Spurs midfielder Taarabt playing just behind the front man.

As for Spurs, their defensive woes continue with the news that Michael Dawson will more then likely require surgery while King, Gallas and Corluka remain out. Their defence as a result looks shaky and with Kaboul and Bassong at the heart if it, the visitors might fancy their chances.

The honours are even between the two in the Premier League, with both Spurs and QPR winning three games apiece in the head-to-head.

Spurs should have too much for QPR and with home support and superior quality, the result should be straight forward for Redknapp’s men. 3-0 Tottenham


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