Relegation Creeping On Rangers

Charlie Adam has played a pivital role for QPR this season. Image courtesy of eurosport.com

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QPR v Tottenham


Loftus Road, London


  Sunday March 8 –   1:00am (AEST)

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Just one fixture lies ahead for EPL fans this weekend, with QPR hosting Tottenham on Sunday morning (AEST).

After gaining promotion back into the English top flight, this season has been anything but smooth sailing for QPR. Since the sudden resignation of manager Harry Redknapp in early February, the London outfit has struggled to string some decent form together. The Hoops find themselves in a battle to survive the drop, currently 18th with a game in hand. A win on Sunday would be enough to lift them out of the relegation zone, and once again they’ll turn to striker Charlie Austin for some inspiration in attack. The 25-year-old boosted his season goal tally to 15 in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal midweek, and he’s a  chance to strike first in this match.

The past week has produced mixed fortunes for Spurs. On Monday, they were outclassed by Chelsea in the League Cup Final, before edging a fast-finishing Swansea 3-2 on Thursday morning. Playing their third game in six days will test the fitness and depth of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, however Eric Lamela should return to the starting line-up after being rested for those two matches. With Tottenham scoring three times on Thursday, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that in-form striker Harry Kane wasn’t amongst those to find the net. Like Austin, Kane has been a revelation this season, and that match-up is worth the admission fee itself.

Tottenham are dominant in the market heading into this match, and Pochettino will want a repeat of his side’s second round win overt QPR. Spurs demolished the Hoops 4-0 at White Hart Lane, and although there remains a noticeable difference in class, anything can happen when a side is desperate to avoid relegation.   

 

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