Sunday afternoon sees in-form Tottenham taking on QPR at White Hart Lane with a place in the top four up for grabs for the hosts if they can get the win. Rangers, meanwhile, will be looking to build on their slightly fortuitous 1-0 triumph over west London rivals Chelsea last weekend.
Joining news.bwin.com/en/ editor to take a closer look at the match are Darren Walsh, who argues the case for another success for Harry Redknapp’s men, while Josh Powell outlines why football betting fans should not entirely rule out QPR’s chances of causing an upset.
CB: It will have to go some to beat Chelsea’s thriller with Arsenal yesterday, but here’s another London derby which promises entertainment. Which way will it go?
DW: A comfortable win by a few goals is on the cards for Spurs if you ask me. Due to the long absence of QPR from the Premier League, there aren’t any recent matches between the teams to go on. So let’s look as the stats; Spurs are unbeaten in six London derbies at White Hart Lane and have just one loss in their last 20 Premier League matches in total. Obviously they are major favourites and the odds reflect that at 37/100.
JP: Last week’s win over Chelsea will have given QPR a massive confidence boost and they will be hoping to carry that determined performance into this game. Considering Spurs’ injury problems at the back, Rangers have definitely got a chance of making it two wins on the spin. Their massive 7/1 odds must surely be worth a little punt, but perhaps the most realistic outcome for them is to frustrate Spurs and sntach a draw, which is priced at 18/5.
CB: Do you think there will be plenty of goals in this one?
DW: Not for QPR! Compared to last season, Spurs are prolific at the moment in front of goal. Fifteen league goals so far have led them on a six-match unbeaten run. As for QPR, they have served up a paltry seven strikes, and if they hope to win away from home, they’ll need to do a lot better than that. I can’t see them troubling the scorekeepers at White Hart Lane and a win for Spurs with a zero attached to QPR looks a good prospect at 6/5.
JP: There have been plenty of goals in QPR games this year and I expect more of the same today. In QPR’s four away games there have been 12 goals – so an average of three a game. Tottenham certainly aren’t goal shy either and there have been over 2.5 goals in seven of their eight league games. People looking for the value be won’t be drawn in by the odds but this game has goals in it and over 2.5 should be snapped up at 3/5!
CB: So where do we think football betting fans’ money should be going in terms of goalscorers?
DW: There are a number of good looking options. While Rafael van der Vaart is the form man with five goals in his last four league games, I like the chances of Emmanuel Adebayor notching on Sunday. He may have gone off the boil since a quick start to his Spurs career, but he always steps up in London derbies. In fact, he’s played against six of the capital’s teams and scored at least once against all of them. Back him to keep that record going at 11/10.
If you fancy more of a long shot, I would recommend Younes Kaboul at 11/2. QPR have let in half of the goals that they have conceded this season from set plays, and that will be music to the ears of the big centre back.
JP: Shaun Wright-Phillips has tried to reignite his career at Rangers this season and is putting in performances reminding everybody why he was an England international. He won the penalty which gave QPR the win over Chelsea and his pace will worry the Spurs backline. Going forward he is a constant threat and he is a generous 4/1 to score anytime. Both Spurs fullbacks like to support the team in attack which could leave plenty of room for Shaun Wright-Phillips on the counter.
CB: Interesting stuff. Anything else jump out at you as offering good value?
DW: As well as struggling last season in front of goal, you could pretty much write off Spurs scoring in first halves, if they did in fact score at all. It’s all different this season as they have scored in the first half over their last five league matches, and you can get 13/20 that it won’t take them long to break down QPR’s defence here. I also think QPR’s win over Chelsea’s nine men was very unconvincing, so I’ll also be on a 3-0 Spurs victory, which is at a tempting 8/1.
JP: Well, as I said, I think QPR are capable of pulling off a result at the Lane. And while the draw and away odds are very appealing individually, it’s probably worth taking the 21/10 on offer for draw or QPR in the double chance market.
CB: OK chaps, thanks very much for your comments – let’s see what happens.
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