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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Q.P.R.
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           5   3   1   1      9-6   10
Away           5   1   1   3      6-10   4
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Total(Prem)   10   4   2   4     15-16  14
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   15   7   6   2     26-16  25  
Away(Div 1)   15   3   5   7     17-23  13
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Total(Div 1)  30  10  11   9     43-39  38
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   2    2   0   0      4-0    4
Away(Div 2)   2    1   1   0      2-0    3 
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Total(Div 2)  4    3   1   0      6-0    7
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Total(Prem)  10    4   2   4     15-16  14
Total(Div 1) 30   10  11   9     43-39  38 
Total(Div 2)  4    3   1   0      6-0    7
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Grand Total  44   17  14  13     64-55  59
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Last Six League games:-

Spurs

A. Villa   1-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Fulham
Newcastle  2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   West Brom
Spurs      1-1   Norwich
Reading    1-3   Spurs

QPR
QPR        1-0   Stoke
Man City   3-2   QPR
QPR        0-5   Swansea
Norwich    1-1   QPR
Man City   3-1   QPR
QPR        0-0   Chelsea  

Pos       P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
10.Spurs  4  1  2  1  6-5   1   5 
18.QPR    4  0  2  2  2-9  -7   2
Fernandes' QPR still chasing a dream

When we last played QPR at White Hart Lane, they were Neil Warnock's team, newly promoted, and in a respectable 10th place after 9 games. Funnily enough, then, as now, Rangers' previous opponents had been Chelsea, and the Anton Ferdinand - John Terry saga started. That saga still lives one year later, with handshakes declined by Ferdinand before last week's 0-0.

The team which faced us last October bore a little resemblance to that which had won promotion at the end of the 2010-11 season, but there has been another radical overhaul this summer. Now, of course, it is Mark Hughes in the managerial chair, seeking to truly make his name at club level, having been discarded by Manchester City, and having decided to leave Fulham in 2011, because their ambitions did not match his own. Now it seems he has found a partner with the right ambition - QPR chairman Tony Fernandes - except of course this partner has the power to discard Hughes if things do not go well.

It is early days this season of course, but QPR are still seeking their first Premier League win. In fairness, their last two games have been against tough opposition in Man City and Chelsea, but another battle against relegation will not be the desired return for all Mr. Fernandes' investment.

The QPR team that drew last week against Chelsea bore little resemblance to last year's team, and such radical change will take time to gel. This summer's intake included 33 year old Brazilian International goalkeeper Julio Cesar from Inter. Cesar played in the home leg of our Champions League meeting for Inter two years ago. Cesar kept our own Heurelho Gomes out of the Brazilian team for so long, but has not played himself now since a friendly against Bosnia in February, missing his country's last 7 games, all of which have been friendlies.

QPR have also signed Man Utd full back Fabio on loan. He is injured with a hamstring strain, but another former Man Utd player Ji-Sung Park signed permanently, and is likely to face us. Park always impressed me for United, and never let them down when selected, making some crucial contributions in some very high profile games.

Other high profile signings include former Chelsea full back Jose Boswinga, about whom Andre Villas-Boas will know plenty. There is also Esteban Granero, signed from Real Madrid. He must be such an upgrade on the despicable Joey Barton, currently on loan at Marseilles, partly because he is banned for ages in this country, but also because QPR wanted nothing to do with him after his notorious sending-off on the last day of last season.

Anton Ferdinand is also out for two weeks with hamstring trouble. Another absentee, and this is a long-term one, is former Fulham man Andy Johnson, out till march with a cruciate knee injury. His former Fulham partner, and ex-Spur, Bobby Zamora is likely to figure tomorrow, as will Ryan Nelsen, who we saw in Spurs colours this year.

Fernandes is still chasing a dream then with his team, which has to be regarded as a work in progress, as seen on the opening day of this season, when they were thrashed 5-0 by Swansea at Loftus Road.

AVB's Spurs are also a work in progress, but after that first win last week at Reading, and moral victory the other night against Lazio, the press monkey might be off the Spurs Head Coach's back. Villas-Boas does have the dilemma of Friedel or Lloris in goal, and I suspect he'll go for Friedel. I'm sure Lloris will find a trip to Carlisle next Wednesday intriguing!

Steven Caulker won deserved rave reviews for his performance against Lazio, but he is also likely to make way for Gallas tomorrow. Kyle Naughton is thought to be fit despite leaving White Hart Lane in a heavy protective boot for his injured foot after Thursday, and Adebayor may feature in this game.

Spurs' overall Premier League history against QPR is not good enough against a team that is in only its sixth Premier League season in the history of the elite league. We even have a negative goal difference over the 10 games played over the last 20 years. Last season is a case in point. Ledley King was a star in our home game last October ( - Spurs 3 QPR 1 - 30th October, 2011), but then we lost one of three consecutive games with Ledley playing in April ( - QPR 1 Spurs 0 - 21st April, 2012) it heralded the end of such a distinguished career, and was one of the factors in our failure to secure Champions League football.

The Spurs home crowd has been somewhat muted so far this season. Maybe they can finally get truly behind the new coach, and encourage Spurs to a decisive home win to take them closer again to the top four, where they belong. I'm going for another 3-1 Spurs win.

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