QPR vs Tottenham: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Loftus Road

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The writing appears on the wall for QPR, in the only Premier League clash this weekend, as they have a dismal record in London derbies.

In their last ten all matches against opponents from the capital, they have failed to win any (D3 L7). Tottenham on the other hand, despite losing the League Cup final, are having a great 2015. They have scored 20 goals, the most of the year, and are six points behind fourth placed Manchester United, this being their game in hand.

A win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men would put them right back in the thick of it, with a clash against United being their next game. But defeat would leave them a mountain to climb, and the top four looking out of reach.

QPR will go for it, like they did for the first hour against Arsenal on Wednesday, and a win would see them leapfrog Aston Villa and out of the drop zone. However, when Rangers, the team with the joint worst defence in the top tier, conceded the first goal against the Gunners, they seemed to lose their fight and belief.

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QPR striker Charlie Austin

This means the first goal could be vital for their 48th clash in the league. 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Tottenham 4 (Chadli 2, Dier, Adeybayor) QPR 0, August 2014, Premier League.

QPR 0 Tottenham 0, January 2013, Premier League.

Tottenham 2 (Faurlin og, Defoe) QPR 1 (Zamora), September 2012, Premier League

STATS:

QPR have beaten Spurs twice in their last nine meetings (D2 L5).

QPR have only scored one goals against Tottenham in their last three games. In that times, Spurs have scored six.

QPR have the worst away form in the league, gaining only three points on the road, a 2-0 win at Sunderland.

Hoops striker Charlie Austin is the highest scoring Englishman in the league on 15 goals, and third overall behind Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.

Tottenham have only one win in their last six games in all competitions (D2 L3).

Harry Kane has scored in each of his last five Premier League away matches, the first Spurs player ever to do so.

ODDS:

QPR to win: 5

Tottenham to win: 1.85

Draw: 4

TV: Highlights on Match of the Day on BBC1 at 22:45

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