Tottenham face former manager Harry Redknapp this weekend as they take on Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. After a London derby victory over West Ham on the opening weekend, Spurs will be hoping to make it two from two, against London rivals.
QPR have managed just three wins in 26 visits to White Hart Lane in all competitions, with their last coming back in May 1994. Tottenham’s only defeat in their last six Premier League games against QPR came when current Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was in charge.
Tottenham won their last four Premier League games at home last season, scoring 14 goals in the process. They have won all but two of their league home games in 2014 (losing to Manchester City and Arsenal). Spurs have not lost to a promoted team for 12 matches since a 1-0 defeat at QPR in April 2012. Their record of 14 clean sheets last season was their joint-highest total in the Premier League, along with 2011-12.
Should Spurs overcome the visitors, QPR would have lost their first two matches of the season for the first time since 1995-96. QPR have won just four of their last 40 Premier League games. In their last Premier League campaign in 2012-13, Rangers took fewer points from London derbies than any other side, picking up just nine in 10 games.They have won just one of their last 16 away London derbies in the Premier League (D3, L12) since beating Chelsea 1-0 in January 2013. Harry Redknapp’s side conceded a joint league high of 11 goals in the Championship from corners last season – and let in another last weekend against Hull. Joey Barton created more goalscoring chances (six) than any other top-flight player last weekend.
Redknapp won 98 of his 198 games as Tottenham manager between October 2008 and June 2012, a win percentage of 49.5%. In the Premier League, his win percentage was 48.3% compared with his current record of just 15.4% at QPR.
Tottenham – Chiriches (back), Walker (groin)
QPR – Jenas (Knee)
To deem QPR as an ‘easy game’ is always difficult, particularly with Redknapp at the helm. Their opening day performance was below par and whilst they continue to search for players on the market, their team isn’t running to its full capacity.
Predicted lineup: Lloris, Dier, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose, Bentaleb, Capoue, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Soldado
Predicted score: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Queens Park Rangers