Premier League Preview: QPR vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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• Spurs scored four goals from just five shots on target when they beat QPR 4-0 in the reverse fixture in August.

• QPR and Everton are the only clubs yet to record a Premier League win at home in 2015. Rangers are winless in their last five league matches at Loftus Road, losing the last three.

• Tottenham have picked up 16 points from losing positions this season, more than any other Premier League side. (BBC Sport)

Two Premier League sides with different league aspirations, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur, will meet again this season.

The last match between these squads in August 2014 showed the Spurs convincingly win in a 4-0 route.

Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers were supposed to face each other on the first day of March, but after Spurs made the Capital One Cup final, the fixture was moved to this Saturday.

NBCSN will have the game ready for viewing, while it will also be accessible on NBC Sports Live Extra, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Both teams are coming off midweek competitions with opposite results. QPR played Arsenal in a 2-1 defeat, as the Gunners notched a two-goal lead in the second half that made a comeback very difficult.

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Conversely, Tottenham Hotspur beat Swansea City, 3-2, with goals from Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit has recovered from fluctuating performances in the season’s first half and established more desirable outcomes under 21-year-old forward Harry Kane, who scored nine goals in the past two months and has netted the fourth most goals in the PL.

Spurs are located at seventh place, in front of Stoke City and Swansea, but behind Southampton and Liverpool. Grabbing a fifth-place finish and recapturing Europa League group-stage qualification is Pochettino’s goal after Tottenham missed the spot a season ago.

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QPR has found England’s top tier treacherous, as one would expect out of the recently promoted team. The Hoops, though, have watched the star power of Charlie Austin persist throughout the year, with the Englishman tallying 15 league goals, more than half of his side’s total.

Stuck in relegation at 18th place, QPR will fight to the end for survival against Burnley and Leicester City, teams that had better standing in the Championship last year than Chris Ramsey’s crew.

What they’re saying 

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend on his loan to QPR in 2013 (Tottenham official website):  “I had a great time at QPR and it will be great to see the players and the fans again and of course Chris Ramsey, who I worked with in the development squad here…At the time of my loan, people were looking to see if I could handle myself in the Premier League, I showed I could, and I feel I’ve gone from strength to strength.”

QPR boss Chris Ramsey on avoiding relegation (ClubCall.com): “There’s maybe six [teams battling relegation]…I’ve said it before, if you get between 37 and 40 points you’ll stay up, but time is running out for us. We have to start winning. Three points is important. The players know the situation we’re in, whether it’s the top or bottom the pressure is always there especially in a league like the Premier League, it’s hard to keep their anxieties down.”

Match injuries/absences

Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns, but due to a short recovery from the Swansea match, we may see a few new starters in this one.

For QPR, 19-year-old defender Darnell Furlong is a doubt with a calf problem, while Mauricio Isla, loaned from Juventus, will likely stay off the pitch as well. Joey Barton, QPR’s captain, must serve the rest of his three game suspension. Nedum Onuoha suffered a considerable cheek cut this week and may not perform.

Prediction

If everything plays out as assumed, Tottenham shouldn’t falter much against the Hoops, having lost six of their past seven league matches. Final: QPR 0-2 Tottenham