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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Q.P.R.
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           6   4   1   1     11-7   13
Away           5   1   1   3      6-10   4
Total(Prem)   11   5   2   4     17-17  17
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)  11    5   2   4     17-17  17
Total(Div 1) 30   10  11   9     43-39  38 
Total(Div 2)  4    3   1   0      6-0    7
Grand Total  45   18  14  13     66-56  62

Last Six Premier League results:-

Queens Park Rangers

Wigan      2-2   QPR
QPR        2-1   Fulham
Newcastle  1-0   QPR
QPR        1-2   West Brom
QPR        0-3   Liverpool
Chelsea    0-1   QPR


Everton    2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Swansea
Spurs      0-0   Stoke
A. Villa   0-4   Spurs
Sunderland 1-2   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Reading

Pos         P   W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs  21  12  3  6 39-27  12   39
20. QPR    21   2  7 12 17-36 -19   13

What a difference a year makes!

This time last year, Harry Redknapp was in charge of Spurs, who were flying high in third place, having beaten Everton at home. They were suddenly being spoken of (really) as title contenders. However, the rot set in, starting with a disappointing home draw against Wolves, who were just outside the relegation zone, and would ultimately take the drop. Then, a week later, Spurs lost 3-2 at Manchester City, with a Jermain Defoe miss at the back post proving a crucial turning point in Spurs title chances, and their form.

Who would have thought that a year later, Harry would be in charge of bottom of the table QPR, with Spurs under new management? Plenty has been said about the Harry Redknapp departure, but to his great credit, Harry has generally remained dignified and very complimentary towards Spurs and his successor, whenever asked, sometimes when acting as a TV pundit. There is a little bit of verbal exchanging going on this week-end, following Harry's barb regarding any manager who fails at Chelsea.

We all knew it wouldn't be long before Harry and his team found new employment, and sure enough, when Mark Hughes was sacked in late November, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes came after Harry, who could not resist the lure of being active in football again. Whilst not all the results have gone the way he would have liked, Harry's team achieved a remarkable 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on 2nd January, which gives them new-found confidence and morale.

Harry quickly identified that he had taken over a team of individuals, some of whom were perhaps more interested in their wage packet than their current team, and he has sought to re-vitalise the team spirit that got Rangers promoted two years ago in the first place. Notably, Harry has upset former Chelsea full back Jose Boswinga, who apparently did not fancy bench warming, and has not featured in a QPR game since 8th December. He may be taking the exit door before the end of the month, although QPR have yet to do any significant transfer business this window.

Another problem Harry has is keeping hold of Ryan Nelsen, who served under Redknapp at Spurs after January last season, before moving on in the summer. Now the 35 year old New Zealand International has been appointed as Head Coach for Toronto, and he is trying to negotiate his exit from the club, and their relegation battle. Other veterans such as Clint Hill, and Shaun Derry have been getting more football under Redknapp, who has been happy to accommodate Adel Taarabt, who was not a favourite of his at Tottenham.

It was Redknapp who led Rangers to their first Premier League win of the season, and that was at home to Fulham. So, in recent weeks, they've been doing quite well against London sides. The Redknapp factor, Adel Taarabt's desire to prove himself once again to Spurs, and home advantage will give Spurs plenty to think about in this Saturday lunch-time game.

The match was originally scheduled for Monday night, but has been re-arranged due to Rangers' home draw in the FA Cup against West Brom, and the need for an unwelcome replay in mid-wweek next week. Spurs, who sit one point clear of the pack in third place, can steal a march on their rivals with a win. Chelsea (who lost at home to Swansea on Wednesday night in the League Cup) face a tricky match at The Britannia Stadium. Everton face that same Swansea team at Goodison Park, and Arsenal host Man City on Super Sunday.

Spurs have had a full week's break since the Coventry game, in which they were able to rest most of the players who have played most minutes so far this season. No doubt Andre Villas-Boas will make full use of Adebayor, who will be playing his last game before departing for the African Cup of Nations, a decision which took a lot of consideration. Our only significant absentee will be Younes Kaboul, so AVB has all the options he could desire for this sixth London Derby of the season. We will be seeking our third Premier League double of the season, and a seventh away win too.

They still talk about the 40 point barrier being the mark for Premier League survival. Last year 39 would have been enough, and there have been recent seasons when upper thirties would have been sufficient. QPR currently have just 13 points, and will be seeking to reach Spurs' present total of 39, which means they must triple their tally with just 17 games to play. After seventeen games this season, 26 points would have put a team in 8th place, so survival is a big, big task for Harry & Co.

It's another big game, live on Sky TV, and the home fans will remember that last season they put one over us with a 1-0 win. The goal, inevitably, came from Taarabt. (QPR 1 Spurs 0 - 21st April, 2012). It will be up to Spurs to quieten down those home fans as early as they can on Saturday.

I think Spurs will win this one, and I'll go for a 2-0, with Adebayor signing off for a few weeks with a goal that would be very welcome.

The referee for this game will be Lee Probert, who has yet to officiate in a Spurs game this season. The last time we saw him was at Villa Park, last May, when we drew 1-1, and Mr. Probert sent off Danny Rose. Adebayor scored our goal from the penalty spot.

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