Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham
Last Updated: 09/01/13 9:34am
Harry Redknapp will be the centre of attention when QPR welcome his former employers, Tottenham Hotspur to Loftus Road.
Redknapp was sacked by Spurs in the summer after Chelsea's Champions League victory denied Tottenham a place in Europe's premier competition despite finishing in the top four. Harry subsequently took a break from football before QPR came calling.
The R's won their first Premier League game of the season at Fulham at the 18th attempt and Redknapp's fourth game in charge. They then lost three in a row before bouncing back with a shock 1-0 win at Chelsea last time out.
With both of Rangers' league wins coming against London rivals they will be hoping to add another three points to their tally against Spurs - and will take confidence from last season's corresponding fixture, which they won 1-0 at Loftus Road. Adel Taarabt scored the goal that day and, despite the Moroccan's late red card, the West London side secured derby delight.
This season, Redknapp's replacement Andre Villas-Boas has guided Spurs into third place in the Premier League, which makes them London's leading club heading into the weekend, and they proved too tough a proposition when QPR went to White Hart Lane in September, as Jermain Defoe and an own goal gave the home side a 2-1 win.
Tottenham's away form has been up and down, winning five and losing six on the road this season but they've won the last two, which included Gareth Bale's impressive Boxing Day hat-trick at Aston Villa.
Expect more goals in this game as well because both London rivals have only failed to find the net just once in the 11 times they have met in the Premier League.
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Barclays Premier League Pos Team P Pts 1 Chelsea 30 66 2 Liverpool 29 62 3 Arsenal 29 62 4 Manchester City 27 60 5 Tottenham Hotspur 30 53 6 Everton 28 51 7 Manchester United 29 48 8 Southampton 30 45 9 Newcastle United 29 43 10 Aston Villa 29 34 11 Stoke City 30 34 12 West Ham United 29 31 13 Hull City 29 30 14 Swansea City 29 29 15 Norwich City 30 29 16 West Bromwich Albion 29 28 17 Crystal Palace 29 28 18 Sunderland 27 25 19 Cardiff City 30 25 20 Fulham 30 24