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Tottenham vs QPR – October 30th 2011

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The promoted teams have started well this season, and despite being the lowest of the trio, QPR are not struggling to pick up the points. After nine games they are 6 points clear of the drop-zone and are technically closer to Europe than they are to England’s second tier. Their goal this season will naturally be to avoid relegation, and despite some big losses to fellow Championship chasers Bolton and Fulham, have managed to pick up some difficult points against Newcastle, Everton and of course in their previous game against Chelsea.

This result may prove a boost to the players, and could up the volume of the fans early on, yet the performance was far from a frightening one if viewed from a Tottenham perspective. Despite the win, they were playing for most the game with two men extra, yet were dominated in all departments by Chelsea and were lucky to escape with a draw let alone all of the points.

Tottenham on the other hand have really turned a corner since the humiliating 5 – 1 defeat to Man City at home (slightly less humiliating now albeit). The signings of Parker and Adebayor have been perfect for us, and have filled out the little gaps that we had in our game, as of yet undefeated since their signings, only dropping points at St.James Park where we could have even taken all three. While the results have not looked convincing in scoreline, we have dominated pretty much every game since September and should have a much higher goal difference by now.

Key Men:

There has been alot of talk about Adel Taarabt returning against Tottenham – and many would pick him out as a key-man for QPR – but his performances this season have been sub par at best. He is yet to score in the Premier league for QPR or Spurs and has thrown his fair share of toys out of the pram already. Instead I imagine that if anyone is to have an effect on Spurs it will be Joey Barton, and if he can dominate the midfield with some big, tough tackles, otherwise I see QPR being overrun.

For Tottenham I am again going to ignore the obvious in Rafael Van Der Vaart, and while I predict that he will bag an early first half goal, the presence of Parker in midfield will be the reason that we do not lose this game like we may so easily have done last season. Since his signing we have become far more solid, and his performance could present us with a clean-sheet to boot.

Very, Very Specific Prediction…

I predict a Tottenham win, by more than one goal at least, and am going to land on a final score of 3-0. Despite the Man City game, we have not lost in 20 home games and we have had a very good defensive record at home over the last few years. While I expect us to dominate the game, I imagine the goals will come early on, and that we could score more, but the result will be the best one in the end. I also believe that the goals will be scored by Van Der Vaart, Defoe and a midfield player – perhaps Modric.

Blackburn v Tottenham

Premier League Game: 31

Saturday April 4th 12:45
AWAY v Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park
11 degrees, chance of rain

Reverse Fixture:                             Tottenham 1 – 0 Blackburn

Positions/Potential Positions:  Tottenham 11th (7th – 11th) Blackburn 17th (12th – 18th)

Form Last 6:                                     Tottenham DWWDWW Blackburn DWLWLD

Key Injuries: Tottenham (Defoe, Bent unlikely) Blackburn (Emerton, Reid, Santa Cruz, Dunn, Grella unlikely, McCarthy unlikely)

Both teams have alot to play for in the early Saturday kick-off, with Spurs now gunning for that 7th spot and their only chance of European football next season, while Blackburn will look to pick themselves out of the relegation fight with a much needed win that could put them them right up to 12th.

On paper it looks as if a Tottenham win is likely, with the best form in the league currently, yet Blackburn will no doubt receive some of the hairdryer treatment from Allardyce who will want them to use their home advantage to get something from the visitors.

It looks as though it will be raining all through Saturday morning, with some still present at kick-off, which means that the pitch is unlikely to be perfect for Tottenham’s quick passing style on the ground. I feel that Redknapp will look to rest Darren Bent and play with Pavlyuchenko up top, fresh from scoring for Russia during the international break, with Robbie Keane just behind in support, to provide a balance of speed and height.

The rest of the squad is likely to remain unchanged, with Didier Zokora replacing Jermaine Jenas the only option that may occur.

With Blackburn’s growing injury list they will struggle against Tottenham, and the best they could hope for would probably be a 1 – 1 draw. Tottenham’s defence is looking fairly strong at the moment, and they look good for keeping the goals conceded down at Ewood Park. The game will likely be decided on the attacking speed of Aaron Lennon from the right who should look to exploit a slow Blackburn backline.

TOTTENHAM TATTLER’S PREDICTION: I predict a low scoring game, perhaps a 1-0 or 2-1 to Tottenham if the Spurs’ strikers deliver, but my head says an away game against a relegation battler will be a difficult occasion. I’m going to go with Blackburn leading 1 – 0 at the break, but a 1 – 1 draw in the end.