Tottenham travel to Loftus Road for the only Premier League game this weekend, with three points crucial for both teams.
QPR are fighting for their lives after suffering defeat to Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday evening. Chris Ramsey’s men have lost five of their last six matches in the Premier League. They are currently in 18th position, but a win would see them leapfrog Aston Villa on goal difference.
Tottenham on the other hand are aiming for one of the much coveted top four positions in the Premier League. An important win against Swansea on Wednesday has thrown them right back into the mix, and another win on Saturday would put them just one point behind Liverpool, and elevate them to sixth place at the expense of Southampton.
QPR are still missing key midfielders Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin due to long term injury. The mercurial Adel Taarabt also remains sidelined, while Joey Barton will miss out due to his mindless sending off against Hull. Richard Dunne will definitely miss the match, while there are doubts over Nedum Onouha’s involvement due to a nasty facial injury suffered against The Gunners.
Tottenham have no injury concerns going into the match. Pochettino’s main concern is deciding who will miss out, and whether to rest any players given their gruelling week. Ben Davies could come in for Danny Rose, though Eric Lamela won’t have enjoyed seeing both Nacer Chadli and Andros Townsend finding the net and is likely to start on the bench.
- QPR have been drawing at half-time in their last three home matches. They’ve gone on to lose all of them.
- Spurs have scored at least twice in their last six Premier League matches.
- QPR have won just one of their last five matches against Spurs in the Premier League.
- Tottenham have also conceded at least two goals in their last three league matches.
- Charlie Austin has scored 54% of QPR’s league goals this season.
- Eric Dier and Danny Rose have both scored more Premier League goals than Roberto Soldado.
Possible Line Ups
Green, Furlong, Caulker, Hill, Suk-Young, Phillips, Sandro, Henry, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin.
Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies, Mason, Bentaleb, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane.
QPR – Charlie Austin
Austin’s efforts this season have been nothing short of phenomenal. For a player to score fifteen league goals, just two less than Messrs Costa and Aguero, while your team is fighting relegation is an unbelievable achievement. QPR will be hoping that Austin still has a few more in the locker to fire them out of trouble, and will look to bring the 25 year old into proceedings as much as possible. His strength in the air can bring others into play, as well as being a valuable goalscoring tool. Even if QPR do slip into the Championship next season, it’s unlikely that Austin will be going with them.
Tottenham – Christian Eriksen
If it weren’t for Harry Kane, Eriksen would be well in with a shout for Tottenham’s player of the season come the end of May. The Dane has scored nine goals in the Premier League this season. Surprisingly, considering how Eriksen’s impressive build up play and eye for a pass, he has only contributed two assists. His pass percentage is well over the 80% mark and, when he’s on song, he becomes the heartbeat of the Spurs attack. His goals are vital too, with several of them being late winners, a strength he also demonstrated last season. If QPR allow Eriksen to dictate on Saturday, they could be facing a long afternoon.
Tough to call, with QPR scrapping for their lives against Tottenham’s undoubted quality. I’m going for 2-1 to Spurs, available at 15/2 with William Hill.
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