This fixture is all about one person, with Harry Redknapp welcoming his former troops to Loftus Road but hoping that he can get some kind of revenge against the club that decided against renewing his contract last summer.
Since then, the 65-year-old has spent a few months out of management before deciding to try and perform the Great Escape with Queens Park Rangers and it’s been a decent effort so far; especially after last week’s surprise 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
The victory gives QPR a fighting chance of clawing their way out of trouble and they can be backed at a rather large 10/3 (bet365) to claim back-to-back wins for the first time this season, with Redknapp looking to significantly alter his squad for the run-in.
Kieran Dyer was allowed to leave this week, with the club hoping to keep Ryan Nelsen on the books despite the latter set to manage Toronto in the not-too-distant future. It remains to be seen whether Harry can snare William Gallas from White Hart Lane this month although such a move won’t happen before this contest.
As for Tottenham, they are looking good under Andre Villas-Boas and will want to keep the momentum going in this London derby, with the team now sitting third in the Premier League and only six points behind second-placed Manchester City.
Spurs have won six of their ten matches on the road this term and are on offer at 20/23 (Boylesports) to become the sixth team to win at Loftus Road this season, with Liverpool carving up the Rangers defence in the last game and running out easy 3-0 winners.
Gareth Bale continues to earn rave reviews this campaign and the Welshman is typically among the favourites at 6/1 (Ladbrokes) to score the first goal of the game, although Jermain Defoe continues to score for fun and is on offer at an attractive 11/2 with Coral.
It has been four wins on the bounce for AVB’s men who are also showing a strong defence under their new manager, with Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen the preferred central defensive unit at White Hart Lane and Spurs can be backed at 5/2 to win to nil.
The best way for QPR to claim victory in this match is to keep things tight that recently ran riot during the second half at Villa Park and scored four goals without reply. Redknapp will be encouraged by the defensive display at Chelsea which saw the team stand firm in the face of many attacks. BetVictor offer 16/1 about another 1-0 triumph for the home side.