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Queen’s Park Rangers

White Hart Lane

Sunday 24th August 2014, 12:30 GMT


The first home game of the season is one every club would look to start off on a positive note and for Tottenham this season they host city rivals Queen’s Park Rangers. Harry Redknapp returns to the lane but this time will be seated at the away team area as he manages the newly promoted club to their first away game of the campaign.

Team News and Line-Ups

Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino will have to carefully pick a team so as to ensure the players who were fielded mid-week have had apt rest and at the same time ensure he puts his best eleven forward to ensure a guaranteed victory.

Hugo Lloris having played the last two games has never stopped performing well in at the goal. It is inevitable that he be started ahead of the new signing Vorm who is yet to settle into the team. With Kyle Walker still injured and Naughton being suspended due to his sending off, Eric Dier might be picked in the right back role, a position he has stated is quite comfortable in. Younes Kaboul will continue to play the center half in the team and will be handed the captain’s arm band. However, Kaboul’s partner would be somewhat of a mystery with Jan Vertonghen just returning and playing mid-week, Pochettino can only choose to play Michael Dawson. But with rumors of him being offloaded and mostly to the team Spur’s play this weekend, the manager might go ahead with the Belgian. Danny Rose having been rested in the previous game might be started as he would be fresher and Ben Davies wouldn’t be rushed into starting two games at a time.

In the Midfield, Capoue would be the preferred defensive mid after his much deserved rest and could be partnered alongside Paulinho or Dembele. Bentaleb having started the last two would be most likely rested. It is most likely that Moussa would be the player handed the start after his commendable performance as a substitute in the Europa league match against AEL Limassol. Lamela has been improving in every game and no doubt will be played on the right wing. His sublime passing and well weighted assist for Soldado shows glimpse of the quality player Levy witnessed in Roma. Harry Kane has been a pleasure to watch in the last two games and has put a lot of faith in Tottenham’s Academy. He has now found a new role and seems quite comfortable in the number 10 position. Eriksen Tottenham’s most consistent performer will make up the left wing in the midfield.

Adebayor although not yet his full self might get the nod over Soldado as Pochettino might what his striker to show and prove to him why he deserves a place over his rival for the position. Soldado has already proved he is an asset to the team with a goal in the previous game. It is now up to Ade to show why he deserves the start more.


Queen’s Park Rangers

Harry Redknapp has returned to White Hart Lane, but this season his heart lies elsewhere. As the manager of QPR, he will certainly aim to score all three points against his former employers. With a host of new signing to choose from and no injury worries, Harry has a large squad to choose from.

Taking a cue from the previous game, Redknapp may yet again choose to go for a 3-5-2 formation. The experienced Rio Ferdinand, former Spurs youngster Steven Caulker and Richard Dunne as the back three along with Englishman Robert Green on goal would be a wall that would be hard to penetrate. His transfer target Michael Dawson is yet to agree to any sort of deal and would sit  loyally in the Spurs side of the field yet to earn a game for his team this season. Redknapp is also without the services of Benoit Asso-Ekotto who has now returned to Tottenham after his loan spell with the club.

The central Midfield trio might consist of new signing from Norwich Leroy Fer, who was brought on board just in time of a tough clash. He will be partnered by Jordan Mutch and Joey Barton. With Fer having the tendancy to run at defenders he will have enough cover at the back with Mutch and Barton providing enough muscle power. Danny Simpson may make way for new signing Mauricio Isla and the right side of Midfield would have Armand Traore running at the youngster Dier.

The strikers will consist of the much sought after Frenchman Loic Remy and Charlie Austin. Remy yet a spurs target amongst other team will be determined to show his manager and the world why every striker less team in the premier league is after his signature. QPR have yet another signing in the form of Eduardo Vargas, but will be available only from the next game onwards as his papers haven’t been finalized yet.

Key Facts

  • Tottenham have won 4 of their last 6 matches against QPR
  • QPR manager Harry Redknapp is one of Tottenham’s most successful manager
  • OPR have won only 4 of their last 40 games in Premier League
  • QPR have the worst London Derby record ( 9 points in 10 games in 2012-13 season

Eric Dier - Tottenham Hotspur central defender |Player to Watch

Eric Dier

The youngster was solid in defense and was even better in front of goal. He has been enthusiastic and looked sharp for Tottenham and loves to get forward. Although it would be a lot to expect him to score again in this game, it is certain that he will do justice to his new right-back role. With the freedom to surge forward more often than in the previous game. We might witness few well-crafted crosses and some solid defending on the right flank.


Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 QPR

QPR have many new signings and all the available resources at their disposal. However there is only so much a manager can do with players on the verge of retirement and some others who are quiet average. Rio Ferdinand and Richard Dunn will find it hard to mark the extremely agile Lamela and Adebayor (if he decides to put up a game face). Tottenham although a little shaky in defense, will eventually march away with all three points. Tottenham will win one nil with Harry Kane scoring off a set piece.

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