Kick Off: Saturday 12th January
Live on TV: Sky Sports 1 12.45pm
Harry Redknapp faces yet another tough test this Saturday afternoon as his former club, 3rd-placed Tottenham, visit Loftus Road.
AVB’s men are in a bit of a purple patch of late and have clocked up 4 wins from 5 in an unbeaten run since their late, late defeat to Everton a month ago.
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They’ve climbed to 3rd in the table and a win tomorrow will see them move to within just 3 points of second-placed Manchester City. Betfred fancy the Lilywhites for the 3 points, as they make the away side 5/6 for victory in West London.
Harry and QPR will be right up for this one though, especially after a great result against Chelsea, but they still have plenty of work to do before they dare to dream of escaping their relegation nightmare. The home team are 10/3 to make it 2 wins on the bounce in the Premier League, whilst a similar price of 11/4 is on offer for the draw.
One man who will certainly be looking to impress is QPR maestro Adel Taarabt. The Moroccan spent 3 years at White Hart Lane before moving on to the Super Hoops in an attempt to kick start his career.
His manager, then and now, Redknapp, just didn’t know where to play the enigmatic starlet but the pair are certainly on good terms these days. Both QPR’s league wins this season have seen Taarabt play a starring role and turn in man-of-the-match performances.
At Stamford Bridge last time out, he was deployed as a deep-lying striker and some over enthusiastic pundits claimed he was Pele-esque in the game, teeing up Shaun Wright-Phillips for the winner. The man of the moment grabbed the only goal in the corresponding fixture between these two sides last season, with a free kick that crept in past an embarrassed Brad Friedel who seemed to be doing an admirably realistic Heurelho Gomes impression at the time.
Taarabt is 8/1 to open the scoring here, or 11/4 to net at any time.
In match betting terms, QPR could be worth a punt to treble your money up, but it all boils down to which QPR side turn up; the resolute, determined team that saw off Chelsea, or the blundering, disjointed mess that have turned out most weeks culminating in them propping up the table as it stands.