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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