Queens Park Rangers may be two points clear of the bottom three, but they need to continue picking up points in order to avoid the drop seeing that 18th-placed Bolton have two games in hand.
Tottenham are in serious danger of missing out on a top 4 finish following the shock defeat to Norwich, whereas the 5-1 loss in the FA Cup semi-final was seen as an additional blow to the players’ confidence.
After largely struggling to prove their potential in home games, QPR are finally on the road to turn their Loftus Road into a real fortress, having won last three games on home soil.
Given that the Rs have beaten the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Swansea during that period, and taking also into account Tottenham’s poor form, odds of 4.10 (31/10) offered by BetVictor on home win look too good to pass.
After bringing just 2 points from last 11 away games, Rangers are aware they need to continue the rich vein of form at their Loftus Road if they are to avoid the drop, and there are no doubts the outcome of this game will have a big effect on team’s survival chances.
Boss Mark Hughes welcomes back forward Djibril Cisse, who returns after serving a four-match ban, but Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer remain sidelined.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Kenny – Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo – Derry, Diakite – Mackie, Barton, Taarabt – Zamora.
Tottenham were going strong on all fronts up until Harry Redknapp started being mentioned as the next England boss and Spurs have been unrecognizable ever since.
Their ten-point advantage over the top 4 rivals melted in no time, and the team are now in a position to fear for the Champions League qualification.
Spurs’ FA Cup run came to an abrupt end as they were beaten 5-1 by Chelsea at Wembley, and the team are now in desperate need of a morale-boosting win in order to kick-start the season.
The White Hart Lane outfit are likely to be in for a difficult task at Loftus Road, but odds of 2.00 (1/1) offered by BetVictor on away win could be worth a shot.
Harry Redknapp has no fresh injury worries, although Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley remain sidelined.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Friedel – Walker, King, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto – Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale – Van der Vaart – Adebayor.