Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has to decide whether to recall Brad Friedel or stick with Hugo Lloris in goal for the game at QPR. Spurs will test striker Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) over the next 48 hours to see if he can play any part in the game while Villas-Boas expects Kyle Naughton to be fit despite the defender injuring his right foot against Lazio. Scott Parker (Achilles), Heurelho Gomes (ankle), Jake Livermore (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.
QPR have a number of injury worries to contend with. The West Londoners’ defence will be without Anton Ferdinand, Fabio (both hamstring), Stephane Mbia (groin) and Armand Traore (leg) for the White Hart Lane clash. Adel Taarabt is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury in training, while Samba Diakite (personal reasons) and Andrew Johnson (anterior cruciate ligament) are unavailable.
Andre Villas-Boas: “We have to be very careful because QPR’s position doesn’t reflect the team they can be, where they can finish. They made tremendous changes in the summer window and brought big players from throughout the world, former European champions who can bring something to the Premier League. I expect a difficult game and hopefully we can repay our fans with a first home win.”
Mark Hughes: “I’ve got a huge regard for Mousa (Dembele). He’s an outstanding player and now he’s at a club which - no disrespect to Fulham – has a higher profile, he’s getting a lot more attention. I always knew that when he came to the Premier League he would make an immediate impact. He’s technically very accomplished; he is able to play a number of positions. That’s the quality of the player we are talking about. I knew almost immediately when he went to Tottenham he would be a success. Spurs fans will enjoy watching him.”
Adel Taarabt scored the winning goal and was then sent off the last time these two sides met in April 2012.
Tottenham have lost just two of their last 20 Premier League games at White Hart Lane (W13 D5 L2).
QPR have picked up just three points from the last 45 available away from home in the Premier League (W0 D3 L12).
Rangers have gone 18 Premier League games on the road since their last clean sheet.
Only Newcastle (5) have seen their woodwork struck more often than QPR (4).
All five of the goals Tottenham have conceded so far this season in the Premier League have come in the second half.
Tottenham have fired in 33 shots from outside the box, 50% more than any other team in the Premier League.
Jermain Defoe has fired in more shots (26) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
Since the start of last season, referee Phil Dowd has awarded the joint-most penalties of any official in the top flight (13 along with Mike Dean).
Mark Hughes has enjoyed just two wins in 14 Premier League games as a coach against Tottenham (W2 D5 L7), but one of those wins was his only outing as QPR’s manager against Spurs back in April this year.
Tottenham 8/15, QPR 5/1, Draw 3/1
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