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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Queens Park Rangers, 24.08.14

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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           6   1   2   3      6-10   5
Total(Prem)   12   5   3   4     17-17  18
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)   12   5   3   4     17-17  18
Total(Div 1) 30   10  11   9     43-39  38 
Total(Div 2)  4    3   1   0      6-0    7
Grand Total  46   18  15  13     66-56  63

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs    -  DWWLWW

West Brom  3-3   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Fulham
Stoke      0-1   Spurs
West Ham   2-0   Spurs
Spurs      3-0   A. Villa
West Ham   0-1   Spurs

Queens Park Rangers - DWDWWL
NB - includes Championship QPR 1-1 Millwall Barnsley 2-3 QPR Wigan 0-0 QPR (POSF1) QPR 2-1 Wigan (POSF2) Derby 0-1 QPR (PO FINAL) QPR 0-1 Hull Pos P W D L F-A GD Pts 8. Spurs 1 1 0 0 1-0 1 3 16. QPR 1 0 0 1 0-1 -1 0

The big re-union

Harry Redknapp makes his first official return to White Hart Lane since he was sacked at the end of the 2011-12 season. I am sure that Harry will get a rousing reception from the Spurs fans. After all, Harry did give us plenty of high days in his time in charge of Spurs.

It will be a big Spurs re-union for more than one member of the QPR party. There will be Joe Jordan, and who can ever forget his stand-off against the AC Milan thug Gattuso in the San Siro, when we beat AC Milan 1-0 with that Peter Crouch goal?

I well remember when I got home watching the recording of the game on Sky andd seeing the sheer emotion on Harry Redknapp's face and pride in his heroes of Tottenham.

Presumably, also in the QPR party will be Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle, appointed as first team coach by Harry, who wants Glenn to coach his team in the 3-5-2 formation. Harry certainly likes to have plenty around him. Glenn too, will get a great reception - mighty even - because of his simply beautiful days as a Spurs player. Sadly, Glenn's record as Spurs team manager was not so great, and his insistence on 3-5-2 had plenty of pitfalls for us.

On the playing side (although I doubt he'll get a start) will be Bobby Zamora. Bobby, now 33, hasn't scored many goals in recent years, but he won hero status for his late, late Play-Off Final winner against Derby in May at Wembley. He also scored a solitary Play-Off Final goal for West Ham in 2005, when they beat Preston. Bobby didn't have long at Tottenham, and only ever scored one goal for us - against West Ham in a League Cup game, back in October 2003.

More likely - almost certain - to play will be centre-back Steven Caulker, who at the age of 22 has already played Premier League football for 4 clubs. Caulker, whilst a Spurs player, featured at Swansea on loan, where he became a crowd favourite, then last season was sold for a sizeable fee (and profit for Spurs) to Cardiff, where he became club captain, but couldn't keep the Welsh side in the elite league.

Caulker won't be Captain here, where Clint Hill remains club captain, but Rio Ferdinand skippered the side on the pitch last week in their 1-0 home defeat by Hull. Rangers were given a dubious penalty last week, but Charlie Austin failed to convert.

There are two other former Spurs players in Harry's squad. Adel Taarabt spent some time on loan at Fulham and AC Milan, but got no game time last week. Remember, he wasn't Harry's favourite when the two of them were at Spurs and became a very popular player at QPR. Then there is Jermaine Jenas, now 31, and also yet to feature in the one-game season. Last season, Harry also used former Spur Niko Kranjcar on loan from Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

Harry hasn't been too busy in the transfer market, with Chilean players Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas on loan from Juventus and Napoli respectively. Islaa is a midfielder and may play, whilst Vargas will have to wait for his debut.

QPR already had a big squad, of course, and promotion was a close run thing in the end, with Derby dominant in that play-off final. Also in midfield for Rangers will be a man we have often loved to hate - Joey Barton - who didn't exactly have a successful debut on BBC's question time earlier this year, when hints of misogyny were disclosed when commenting about UKIP female politicians. He should stick to his football.

QPR still have Loic Remy, sometimes linked with Spurs; apparently looking for Champions League football, and a Newcastle loan player last season.

This game is not on TV, but for reasons unknown, Spurs have still chosen the 1.30 pm kick off time usually associated with televised games. Kyle Naughton will serve his one match suspension for that red card last week, and Kyle Walker is still out with his pelvic injury. I hope he recovers soon! That probably means the busy Eric Dier, hero of last week's win at Upton Park, will get the right back berth. Who plays beside Younes Kaboul remains to be seen, with Chiriches still injured, and Michael Dawson yet to make a start this season. Dawson is being linked yet again with a move - possibly to Hull.

Others rested for Thursday's game in Cyprus - Lennon, Adebayor and Eriksen - will return, whilst it will be interesting to see if the likes of Vertonghen and Paulinho feature in the squad. Paulinho in particular looked in need of more match fitness on Thursday night.

I've gone for a 3-1 win for Spurs for this game, with Rangers, and their Spurs connections just the sort of team to score, and perhaps worry the home fans.

Harry Redknapp won't be the only manager to get a good reception, as this will be Mauricio Pochettino's first official home game. He got a great welcome two weeks ago against Schalke. So far he has shown excellent use of substitutions. Let's hope such skill is not a big requirement tomorrow!

Tomorrow's match referee will be Anthony Taylor, who was in charge for that Schalke game. Mr. Taylor last officiated an official Spurs game when we beat Southampton 3-2 at The Lane in March.

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