Tottenham will take on Queens Park Rangers in their first London derby of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
Date: Sunday, 23 September 2012
Kick-off: 16:00 BST
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London
Referee: Phil Dowd
After their first win of the season at Reading and an encouraging display in the Europa League during the week, Spurs will be looking for their first home win of the season against QPR. After two disappointing draws against West Brom and Norwich the pressure is on for Spurs to show an equally attacking and solid performance in front of the White Hart Lane faithful.
André Villas-Boas’ men seem to be adapting well to the formation and tactics the new manager wants to deploy. Another solid performance against Lazio on Thursday only lacked goals, although at least 2 goals were wrongfully disallowed by the match officials. The team looked in control, they moved the ball forward nicely and whenever they lost possession they were quick to put pressure on the ball and force Lazio to make hasty decisions.
QPR managed to keep Chelsea to a goalless draw at home last week, although the game was overshadowed by another episode of ‘handshake gate’. Both Anton Ferdinand and QPR captain Ji-Sung Park refused to shake hands with Chelsea captain John Terry before the game because of Terry’s alleged racist remarks towards Ferdinand during the same fixture last season.
QPR are currently in 19th place with just 2 points from 4 games. The Hoops were off to a terrible start after being thrashed 0-5 by Swansea at Loftus Road. They slightly recovered by drawing away at Norwich, but were then beaten 3-1 by Manchester City. Despite the final score QPR looked a much more organised side against City and they carried their improved form into last week’s draw against Chelsea.
Tottenham will still be without long-term absentees Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul. Benoit Assou-Ekotto will also be out due to a knee injury. Jack Livermore and Heurelho Gomes are also out of contention for Sunday’s match. Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury last week. Kyle Naughton will face a late fitness test after he picked up a knock in Spurs’ Europa League clash with Lazio on Thursday.
Despite Hugo Lloris’ clean sheet on Thursday, Brad Friedel is expected to return in goal for Spurs.
QPR will miss both Anton Ferdinand and Fabio due to hamstring injuries. QPR striker Andy Johnson is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in last week’s match against Chelsea.
New signing Stéphane Mbia is likely to miss out due to a groin strain. Former Spurs player Adel Taarabt is a doubt because of a hamstring problem.
- Spurs have played QPR 44 times in the league, winning 17, drawing 14 and losing 13 times.
- Both clubs have won 4 of their 10 previous Premier League games.
- Last season Spurs beat QPR 3-1 at White Hart Lane, but lost 1-0 at Loftus Road.
- QPR have not won at White Hart Lane since a 2-1 win in the Premier League in May 1994.
- Spurs have not lost last in 19 league derbies against other London teams at White Hart Lane.
The magnificent people at KickOff have provided us with the latest stats on Sunday’s match.
- Spurs have won 65%, drawn 25% and lost 10% of their last 20 home games.
- QPR have won 10%, drawn 15% and lost 75% of their last 20 away games.
- Spurs have scored in all of their last 27 home games.
- 34 of the 40 goals Spurs have scored in their last 20 homes games have come from open play.
- QPR have scored exactly 1 goal in 8 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 0, draw 2 and lose 6.
- QPR needed 3 goals to get a win in their last 20 away games.
- A 1-1 draw has been the most common result for Spurs in their last 20 home games.
- QPR have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 19 away games.
- The last 20 Spurs home games have produced an average of 2.7 goals per game.
- in their last 20 home games, Spurs have lost 0 and drawn 3 of the games in which they opened the scoring .
- Spurs have opened the scoring in 16 of their last 20 home games.
- QPR have conceded the first goal in 18 of their last 10 away games.
- Djibril Cissé has been QPR’s most prolific goalscorer away from home.
- Emmanuel Adebayor scored the most goals in Spurs last 20 home games.
Total Tottenham prediction
Although we’ve looked solid against both Reading and Lazio, our form in front of goal has neither been clinical nor consistent enough. Spurs squandered a lot of chances in the first two home games of the season. With Adebayor unlikely to start it’s time for Defoe to step up and continue banging in the goals after bagging a brace against Reading.
QPR are looking on the up and new signings like Esteban Granero, Jose Bosingwa and Junior Hoilett have improved the strength of their starting XI. Scoring goals will be their biggest problem on Sunday. Our defence has looked pretty solid in recent games and QPR have been struggling to score more than once away from home.
We need to be more clinical in front of goal. Especially Bale and Lennon have to improve their shots/goal ratio. Judging by his impressive goalscoring record at Swansea last season, Gylfi Sigurdsson is also due his first goal in a Spurs shirt.
Final score: 2-0.
Sigurdsson to open his account courtesy of a free kick. The second goal coming from a counter attack early on in the second half.