QPR vs. Tottenham
The last minute strike by Kieron Dyer to earn QPR an FA Cup replay with WBA could well be just as important to their season as the Shaun Wright-Philips winner at Chelsea mid-week that gave Rangers their first win away from home in over a year. It more importantly gave them a lift and three points, some confidence and a sense that all may not be lost just yet. Maybe not at all! Oh, and a first win at Stamford Bridge since 1979, which was before I started going to Loftus Road, so no mean feat that then and I did tell you to follow my 14/1 loyalty bet last week now didn't I?
It is a very long time since either of those two has scored, six years in Dyer's case in an injury littered career and over a year for SWP but if you think they can repeat the feat this weekend then Dyer is 8/1 to score anytime and 25/1 to be first. SWP is 11/2 to score anytime which is better value than the 14/1 lines to score firsts as quoted by William Hill.
Whilst QPR do not need the extra games or a Cup run in reality, not losing and keeping some momentum for the next league game was the most important thing and if they go to WBA and win then all well and good but the focus must be 101% about the league and who comes next in that competition. It also means they are undefeated in 2013 and Harry can use that little stat to keep the momentum going and put a terrible 2012 firmly to bed and not dwell on the past. The only real way to do that though is to stay up and that means winning this game and sending out another warning on the back of the reverberations that Chelsea victory will have sent through their nearest neighbors in the table.
That next team would be the in form of former employers of QPR boss Harry Redknapp, London Derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs are on a fabulous run right now, have no Cup replay to worry about having seen off Coventry 3-0 in their 3rd round tie and will be looking to further their place in the table and maintain their Champions League spot and third place above Chelsea in fourth.
This game has been moved back to Saturday's early kick-off time of 12.45pm, having been first scheduled for Monday night's live TV game. QPR's FA Cup replay at WBA on Wednesday 16th has made this unusual move necessary, as normally most games being postponed are moved forward to a future date but not in this case and I am not sure I ever remember this occurring in the past. Either way, this game needs the same type of performance from QPR that they showed against Chelsea in their 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge as that was just the first step in a long road to survival.
Spurs are on fire though, have not lost in the league since November 17th, winning seven, losing and drawing one apiece, sit third in the table and as I know I have stated here in these pages twice before, would be running away with the league but for the amount of goals they have conceded in the last 10 minutes of games this season, and the subsequent points dropped. They beat Man Utd this season and are coming good at the right time and had a great Christmas results wise.
They have scored 12 in their last four games, are playing good attractive football at pace, with purpose, and have several match winning individuals in their ranks with the likes of Defoe, Gareth Bale, Adebayor and Clint Dempsey all firing in the goals and piling up the assists for Spurs. Defoe and Bale have 25 goals between them this season already, QPR only have 17 goals in total thus far. Defoe is the brace king for Spurs and is 9/2 to score first or last and is 5/1 to bag another brace. Gareth Bale is 11/2 and 7/1 betting odds respectively, to do the same, both with William Hill.
QPR needed the points desperately in this fixture last year and won it 1-0 which you can get at 12/1 with bet365. The same score to Spurs is at 7/1. Spurs won the earlier meeting between these two this season 2-1 in a game they largely controlled but were never safe in. A repeat of that scoreline is at 15/2 with Pinnacle. The 12th man at QPR, the crowd and it's scarily intimidating close proximity to the pitch, will need to be in full voice and should expect the team to give them something to cheer about early on to get a foothold in this one. A 2-1 reverse is my tip and is 12/1 with William Hill.
Tottenham are very good and I have to deal with a father, brother, nephew, sister-in-law and varoius other friends and relatives who are all fans of QPR's next opponents. So you see, they simply cannot lose now can they, wouldn't be fair now would it! With that in mind and with Tottenham's poor last ten minute record, Draw/QPR at 7/1 is my free football betting tip and I like the look of Tottenham/QPR at 28/1 as my double result Half Time/Full Time picks, though expecting QPR to actually come from behind in a game makes the former at 7/1 the percentage choice.
Premier League Tips: Home win for me at 10/3 and a correct score prediction of 2-1 at 12/1 both with bet365Have a good weekend everyone and god luck with all of those sports picks!~