QPR v Tottenham – EPL 7 March 2015
After facing Arsenal at Loftus Road on Wednesday night, the reward for QPR is to next host Tottenham on Saturday. Despite having a game in hand and being able to potentially remain outside of the relegation zone, life is undeniably tough for Rangers.
Since Harry Redknapp left his role as manager, supposedly due to a knee injury, QPR turned to Chris Ramsey to act as interim manager for the remainder of the season. Nicknamed Rambo, it will be a tall order for this first-time Premier League manager to prevent his team from being relegated.
Tottenham were full of expectation ahead of facing Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, but the confidence gleaned from beating the Blues 5-3 at Christmas was quickly eroded. Mauricio Pochettino had to guide Spurs through a home game against Swansea before facing QPR.
On paper, this is an away game that Tottenham absolutely need to win. First of all, this is a game in hand that Spurs could use to try and move past Southampton. Secondly, this is a London derby. And thirdly, chairman Daniel Levy will be desperate for his club to challenge for Champions League qualification.
Prior to the midweek Premier League matches, QPR had conceded the most goals thus far, along with Burnley. Meanwhile, Spurs have mustered 19 away goals in 12 matches, which is better than 1.5 goals every game.
This is the type of away game in which a team like Spurs can score at least a couple of goals. Harry Kane has been prolific in recent games, supported by the intelligent attacking play of playmaker Christian Eriksen. Spurs have to pick themselves up after the Chelsea loss and get back to playing well.
Tip one: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.80 with Betfair
Tip two: Harry Kane anytime goal scorer @ 1.95 with Betfair
QPR easily have one of the worst defensive records in the league. Going with the goals in your bets will make a lot sense. Surprisingly, the odds for Harry Kane to score any time are better than for Spurs actually winning (1.83).