QPR perspective: Paul Finney, IndyRs.
It seems likely that there will be changes made to the side that drew with West Brom in the FA Cup, with Shaun Wright-Phillips and Shaun Derry pushing for returns. Harry Redknapp could hand Tal Ben Haim his first league start for us, but this could be the last time we see Ryan Nelsen in a QPR: he's close to a move to the MLS.
After the loss to Liverpool, QPR fans had all but gave up hope. But a gala night at Stamford Bridge has lifted spirits; our players know they have the ability to rescue their season. The fixture list is not kind to us in the coming months, but a little hope goes a long way.
Spurs beat us 2-1 earlier in the season, but they had to work hard for it. They needed an Ale Faurlin own goal and a moment of genius from Jermain Defoe to get past us. We beat them at Loftus Road last season, though, so we know how to beat them. Plus the Redknapp factor shouldn't hurt.
QPR to win at 4.25. I fabcy us to repeat that result from last season. These are great odds.
Both teams to score at 1.65. I think we'll trouble the Spurs defence, but our own backline isn't the best.
Adel Taarabt to score first at 11.00. The Moroccan has looked sharp of late, and will be up for it against his old club.
Score prediction: QPR 2-1 Spurs (15.00)
Spurs perspective: Matt Harris, TottenhamBlog.
Andre Villas-Boas almost has a fully fit squad to choose from, with the only injury absentees being Younes Kaboul and William Gallas. Benoit Assou-Ekotto looks set to continue at left back following his successful return to the side, while AVB will need to decide whether to play Emmanuel Adebayor before he joins up with the Togo squad. Alternatively, a switch in formation would accommodate Clint Dempsey, who scored twice last weekend.
Tottenham are one of the form teams in the Premier League. Coming into this game, we have won nine of our last eleven matches in all competitions. A particularly pleasing aspect is the defence, which has conceded just two goals in six – an impressive stat for any Tottenham side.
Spurs have won two of the three games played since QPR returned to the top flight, but lost last season’s corresponding fixture. Old boy Adel Taraabt scored that day, but earlier this season Tottenham came from behind to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
Over 2.5 goals at 1.78. Both sides should play an attacking game and this should have plenty of goals in it.
Jan Vertonghen to score anytime at 7.00. The Belgian has a good scoring record and will have plenty of opportunity to come forward at set pieces.
Both sides to score at 1.65. despite that defensive improvement, Spurs are liable to concede away from home and Rangers will put them under pressure.
Score prediction: QPR 1-3 Spurs (15.00)