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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Q.P.R.
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           4   2   1   1      6-5    7
Away           4   1   1   2      6-9    4
Total(Prem)    8   3   2   3     12-14  11
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   15   7   6   2     26-16  25  
Away(Div 1)   15   3   5   7     17-23  13
Total(Div 1)  30  10  11   9     43-39  38
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   2    2   0   0      4-0    4
Away(Div 2)   2    1   1   0      2-0    3 
Total(Div 2)  4    3   1   0      6-0    7
Total(Prem)   8    3   2   3     12-14  11
Total(Div 1) 30   10  11   9     43-39  38 
Total(Div 2)  4    3   1   0      6-0    7
Grand Total  42   16  14  12     61-53  56

Last Six Premiership results:-


Wolves     0-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Liverpool
Wigan      1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Arsenal
Newcastle  2-2   Spurs
Blackburn  1-2   Spurs


Q.P.R.     0-0   Newcastle
Wolves     0-3   Q.P.R.
Q.P.R.     1-1   A. Villa
Fulham     6-0   Q.P.R.
Q.P.R.     1-1   Blackburn
Q.P.R.     1-0   Chelsea

Pos       P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 5 Spurs  8  5  1  2 15-13   2  16
10 QPR    9  3  3  3  7-14  -7  12

Beware the "Enforcer"

Many congratulations to Queen's Park Rangers, who convincingly won last season's Championship Title race and automatic promotion, before having to endure the agony of a late investigation into alleged irregularities over their acquisition of Argentinean midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, which took place in July 2009. Some people criticised the punishment over the club's breach of two league regulations, but in football terms there is no doubt that Rangers deserved their promotion.

Faurlin is one of the few survivors in Neil Warnock's squad that has had a radical overhaul since their arrival in the Premier League, and the arrival of new majority shareholder and Chairman Tony Fernandes. Fernandes' arrival is partly responsible for the great influx of players in the summer such as former Spur Luke Young, Danny Gabbidon and Kieron Dyer from west Ham (Dyer got injured in an early game and is out of action for the forseeable future, again), Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jay Bothroyd, the notorious Joey Barton on a free from Newcastle, Anton Ferdinand, and former gooner Armand Traore.

Arguably, Rangers do still lack a real quality striker, although no doubt, Bothroyd, Tommy Smith and Heidar Helguson would like the chance to disprove that theory tomorrow.

Anton Ferdinand has of course been in the news since QPR's dramatic 1-0 win over Chelsea last week, and the anti John Terry chants in the ground will no doubt be more vehement than usual, whatever the possible outcome of the current police and FA investigation into the incident last week.

QPR's star player last season was of course former Spur Adel Taarabt, who offered some sublime skills and goals aplenty in the race for the title. Taarabt continues to make the football headlines for the right and wrong reasons on occasions. Adel will be very, very keen to score against his old team tomorrow. Wayne Routledge was another former Spur (on loan from Newcastle) who was influential in Rangers' promotion, making 20 league appearances and scoring 5 goals. Routledge has now moved on to Swansea.

A popular returnee to White Hart Lane would have been goalkeeper Radek Cerny, who always did a steady job on the few occasions he got to play in the Spurs first team. Cerny signed a new deal at the end of last season, but is behind Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy in the pecking order for the goalkeeping jersey.

Rangers are not new boys to the Premier League, as they played in the first four seasons of the elite division, which came at the end of a 13 year run in football's top flight. The "Rs" had two previous spells in the top flight, making their one season debut in 1968-69, and then having 6 successful years in the seventies, during which they finished runners-up to Liverpool in the 1975-76 season. At this time, Rangers were managed by Dave Sexton, and were able to field a very settled side, which included Phil Parkes in goal, Frank McLintock and David Webb at the back, and the likes of John Hollins, Don Masson, Stan Bowles and a certain Mr. Gerry Francis, in his hey-day as a club and International footballer. Rangers actually topped the Division One table on the last day of the domestic season, but Liverpool were in the UEFA Cup Final, and played their final league match on May 4th, which they won to pip Sexton's Rangers side. Those were heady days for the "Rs", and now their exuberant fans are hoping for a memorable season in the Premier League.

Gerry Francis was manager of QPR before and after he had his spell at Spurs in the mid-nineties, signing Peter Crouch from Spurs during his second spell at Loftus Road.

Spurs' overall league record against QPR is not that convincing. Our biggest win was a 5-0 drubbing in September 1984, when both Clive Allen and Mark Falco scored two, with Micky Hazard scoring too. Allen and Falco scored two each again when we won 5-2 at Loftus Road in April 1986. Glenn Hoddle was our other scorer on that occasion.

I distinctly remember the away match in 1992. Spurs were 1-0 up at half-time, through Sheringham, and Andy Sinton was on and off the pitch with injuries but managed to return to inspire his team to a 4-1 win. Ian Holloway scored their first goal. Then Ray Wilkins added to the score, before Penrice sealed the points with two goals.

Spurs will need to beware of QPR's "enforcer", 33 year old Shaun Derry, veteran of 17 seasons in professional football, but rarely at the top table. Derry is another player who might have an axe to grind with Harry Redknapp, who discarded him after his first arrival at Portsmouth as manager in the 2001-02 season. Derry is one of the game's great competitors, and the Spurs midfield will have to be at their most alert to avoid him.

The Spurs team news was encouraging, suggesting that Harry Redknapp could have Ledley King, William Gallas, Sandro and Steven Pienaar amonst those available for selection. Of those, perhaps Pienaar will start on the bench, and Sandro could be a starter. Ledley King's presence would be a massive boost of course, but we'll have to wait till 3.15 tomorrow to find out whether he has made it! Gallas might be in need of some match fitness, having yet to make an appearance this season. Fancy a trip to Russia on Thursday, William?

Otherwise, Spurs have plenty available, and plenty of goals in the locker with which to put Rangers to the sword. Rangers win last week was over a 9-man Chelsea side, and even then they struggled to hold out for the 90 minutes. Neil Warnock's side have also been inconsistent, losing 6-0 at Fulham, and 4-0 on their Premier Leagaue return to Bolton. I'll take Spurs to win this one 3-0.

Tomorrow's referee will be Howard Webb.

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