Tottenham Hotspur will be hosting London rivals and newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers in a local derby at White Hart lane on Oct. 30. Spurs will be putting their 10-game undefeated streak on the line against a team that managed to beat Chelsea 1-0 at home last weekend in another London derby.
Spurs were hammered 5-1 at home in the second game of the English Premier League season, but they haven’t lost a match since then in all competitions. They sit in fifth place in the EPL table with 16 points from five wins, a draw and two losses. They also have a game in hand on every other EPL team other than Everton. The 10 game unbeaten streak consists of seven wins and three draws and they’re as hot as any team in the league right now. Their last game was a 2-1 win in Blackburn last weekend.
Queens Park Rangers are doing pretty well for a newly-promoted side as they are 10th in the league with 12 points from three wins, three draws and three losses. They earned promotion after winning the Championship League last season. They got off to quite a rocky start in the EPL and were thumped 4-0 at home on the opening day by lowly Bolton. However, they’ve rebounded nicely and earned their biggest win of the year last weekend over nine-man Chelsea.
They’ve only lost one of their past six games, but that loss was another big beating as they were smashed 6-0 away by fellow Londoners Fulham in another derby which is why their goal difference for the season sits at minus seven. But they’ve managed to draw Aston Villa Newcastle United and Blackburn along the way and have also beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers in that stretch of half a dozen games. They sit six points ahead of the relegation zone, so they still have a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do to ensure safety this season.
Spurs have a few players on the sidelines for the game and the forever-injured Ledley King will likely miss the match along with fellow defender Michael Dawson. Defender William Gallas is questionable, but defender Vedran Corluka may be able to play. Midfielders Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar are questionable, but Tom Huddlestone will be out of action.
Queens Park Rangers might be without defenders Matthew Connolly and Danny Gabbidon while midfielder Kieron Dyer is sidelined. In addition, striker DJ Campbell is injured, but Rob Hulse is close to returning.
QPR is capable of giving anybody problems, but with some of their better players injured and Spurs in top form it’s likely we’ll see Tottenham take this game by two goals.
As for the odds, Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Tottenham win listed at 2/5 with a QPR win at 13/2 and a draw at 15/4.