Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers: Match Preview

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Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers
Barclays Premier League
White Hart Lane
Sunday, October 28th: 16:00

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Williams Gallas will face a late fitness test ahead of the visit of QPR, but Harry Redknapp is likely to be forced to pair Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Bassong again at the heart of the defence.

Steven Pienaar is ready to return, but Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Ledley King are no closer to recovering from injury.

Rob Hulse may be considered after a knee injury, but DJ Campbell is still out with a broken foot.

Warnock: Rangers will be focused

Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock says his side won't be distracted by off the field goings on when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

With the inquiry surrounding John Terry's alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand still ongoing, the incident has detracted from QPR's win over nine-man Chelsea last weekend.

But come match-day against Spurs, Warnock insists his side will be fully focused.

"I can honestly say it hasn't really [been distracting] as we just have to focus on Spurs," he said.

"The place has been buzzing as you would expect [after the Chelsea win].

"I don't think teams like QPR win very often against the Chelseas of this world.

"I think somebody said it was over 10 years since a promoted club beat Chelsea.

"We know what kind of achievement it is to beat them even though the circumstances saw them make one or two mistakes on the day.

"That does not take anything away from what I thought was a wonderful occasion for everybody connected with the club.

"It was a great day for the club itself and that is what we strive for.

Meanwhile Spurs' impressive form, which sees them unbeaten in their last 10 games, has resulted in competition for places being as fierce as ever.

Given the form of Rafael Van der Vaart, who scored twice against Blackburn Rovers last Sunday, striker Jermain Defoe has seen his opportunities restricted at the heart of Spurs' attack, and Redknapp sympathises with the England forward.

"I feel for Jermain at the moment," Redknapp said.

"It's almost unfair that he's not in the team but there is nothing we can do about that. He has been in magnificent form and he can't get in my team at the moment. He was almost unplayable in training this week, but Rafa has scored five in the last four.

"Jermain is a sensible lad. I am sure he will look at it and he will see how well Rafa is playing and Adebayor too.

"If you look at Rafa's goalscoring record it's incredible. He is just a great finisher. He is cool in front of goal and when the chances come he makes it look so easy. His two goals last week were world class."

GMF predicted line-ups:

Tottenham Hotspur: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor

Queens Park Rangers: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Faurlin, Taarabt, Helguson

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