UK time is: 08:21:59
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Spurs vs. QPR

White Hart Lane

23/09/12

16:00

Spurs v QPR - Preview

Today, Mark Hughes takes his improving QPR side to White Hart Lane to face Andre Villas-Boas' stuttering Spurs. QPR don't have the best record there and haven't won since 1994. That would tell you the R's are due a win and who knows, with their recent improvements on the field, stranger things have happened. Spurs picked up their first win of the season against Reading and provided a very promising performance to boot. The likes of Moussa Dembele, Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe and Gylfi Sigurdsson provide a potent attacking force that contains pace, power and invention, and with QPR's injuries in defence, it will take heroic performances from Ryan Nelsen and co if they are to take anything from the game. One of the main positives from the Chelsea game was Nelsen's performance. The man was tremendous and marshalled the defence perfectly, keeping Fernando Torres out of the game, much to the Spaniard's disdain. More of the same please.

Had Andy Johnson, Anton Ferdinand and Fabio not suffered their respective injuries last week, I think Hughes would've picked the same team against Spurs. A defensive reshuffle will be required which isn't ideal, such is Spurs' attacking threat. Nevertheless, the R's have enough in midfield and upfront to make a game of it. The R's travelling support will no doubt be in great voice and this will hopefully raise the player's confidence when the game inevitably swings Spurs' way. Hughes will be encouraging Ale Faurlin and Esteban Granero to get on the ball as much as possible. If Rangers can play the brand of possession football displayed against Chelsea, it will really disrupt Spurs' style and cause unrest amongst their support.

Last Fixture

Spurs 0
Lazio 0

Team: Lloris, Vertonghen, Naughton, Walker, Caulker, Dempsey (Sigurdsson), Lennon (Townsend), Bale, Sandro, Defoe, Dembele (Mason).

QPR 0
Chelsea

Team: Cesar, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Fabio (Onuoha), Park Ji-Sung, Wright-Phillips (Cisse), Granero, Faurlin, Johnson (Mackie), Zamora.

Spurs Team News:

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is expected to recall Brad Friedel. Emmanuel Adebayor and Kyle Naughton will undergo late fitness tests ahead of the match. Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are both out.

Possible line up:

Friedel

Walker - Caulker - Vertonghen - Naughton

Dembele - Sandro

Lennon- Sigurdsson - Bale

Defoe


Player to watch: Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe has been identified as the player to watch ahead of Sunday`s match against Spurs.

For Vital QPR's comprehensive review of the attackerClick Here >>>

QPR Team News:

Andy Johnson is out for the remainder of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Chelsea. Anton Ferdinand and Fabio both miss out with hamstring strains. Samba Diakite is unlikely to feature after it was said he is short of fitness.

Possible line up:

Cesar

Onuoha - Nelsen - Hill - Bosingwa

Wright-Phillips - Faurlin - Granero - Park Ji-Sung

Zamora - Cisse

Player to watch: Alejandro Faurlin

The Argentine midfielder has made a tremendous comeback from the ruptured acl suffered last January. It is one of the nastier injuries in football and I'm currently going through rehab for the same injury (to the same knee) and have nothing but total admiration for Faurlin's ability to comeback stronger. One could argue Faurlin isn't match fit yet but he managed to produce a magnificent display alongside Esteban Granero in centre midfield against Chelsea. Faurlin is so comfortable on the ball, he rarely loses possession. He reads the game very well which makes up for his lack of pace. I'm hoping Faurlin continues on his road to match fitness and produces another mesmerising display against Spurs.

The Stat Attack

LAST FIVE

Queens Park Rangers: LDWLD
Spurs: LDDWD

HEAD 2 HEAD

Queens Park Rangers: 14
Spurs: 19
Draw: 16

LAST TIME OUT

Premier League - 21/04/12
Loftus Road

QPR 1 (Taarabt)
Spurs 0

Team: Kenny, Hill, Taiwo, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Derry, Diakite (Buzsaky), Taarabt (sent off), Barton, Mackie, Zamora.

Attendance: 18,021

Ref Watch:

Referee: P Dowd
Assistants: J Flynn & L Betts
Fourth Official: M Jones

Phil Dowd is the match official for Sunday`s game. Last season Dowd issued 137 yellow cards and 5 red cards in 38 games.

Match Prediction:


2-1 Spurs to sneak a win.

Next Up

Who: Reading
Where: Loftus Road
When: 26/09/12




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: JackSupple Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 23 2012

Time: 10:55AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Good analysis, especially result prediction. I hope it comes together for QPR but prefer it to be after this game. QPR belong in the PL enjoy the game
michael.thfc
Report Abuse
23/09/2012 11:35:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

The QPR Injury Table Situation (Friday March 27 2015)

Nail in the Coffin (Sunday March 22 2015)

One to Watch - John Stones (Sunday March 22 2015)

QPR v Everton - Match Preview (Sunday March 22 2015)

The Men in Black - QPR v Everton (Friday March 20 2015)

Youngster Joins Pompey (Friday March 20 2015)

Who R Ya - Everton (Friday March 20 2015)

Ramsey: Players Still Unified (Saturday March 14 2015)

Archived Queens Park Rangers Articles

List All Vital QPR Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. QPR4Me 31
2. DMD_QPR 14
3. Superhoop50 13
4. The Uncredibale Hulk 11
5. paulrangers 9
6. sandydl 8
7. danielqpr 6
8. jdqpr1882 6
9. jezza99 6
10. dustman 5

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Everton
Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Q.P.R.
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Spurs
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Arsenal
Hull City 2 - 1 Q.P.R.
Sunderland 0 - 2 Q.P.R.

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 30 8 9 13 -12 33
15. Hull City 30 6 10 14 -12 28
16. Aston Villa 30 7 7 16 -20 28
17. Sunderland 30 4 14 12 -21 26
18. Burnley 30 5 10 15 -23 25
19. Q.P.R. 30 6 4 20 -23 22
20. Leicester City 29 4 7 18 -21 19

Breaking League News

Has Oscar been playing out of position all along?
Chelsea : 29/03/2015 00:27:01
Foster - Injury Was Stupid
WBA : 28/03/2015 21:06:00
Southampton Tickets Priced Too High?
Southampton : 28/03/2015 20:43:00
Bertrand Gets England Call Up
Southampton : 28/03/2015 20:37:00
Aarons Prepares For Latest Chapter
Newcastle : 28/03/2015 19:10:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

QPR v Everton
Suggested By:  Admin
QPR 50%
Everton 25%
Draw 25%