QPR V Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

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QPR V Tottenham Hotspur;
Premier League; Loftus Road; Saturday 21 April 2012, 17:30 KO

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Hosts QPR welcome back Djibril Cisse following his four-match suspension. The temperamental striker was sent off for the second time since joining the club in January against Sunderland.

Shaun Wright-Phillips will be pushing for a start after being restricted to a string of appearances from the bench. Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer remain on the sidelines due to injury.

Tottenham's absentees include Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Niko Kranjcar - who will miss the rest of the season after a knee injury in training.

Harry Redknapp has to make the decision whether to shake up his side after crashing out of the FA Cup against Chelsea.

Brad Friedel is likely to return after Carlo Cudicini was a surprise starter in the FA Cup semi-final. Jermain Defoe and Sandro could be recalled as Redknapp looks to change his team's fortunes as the battle for a top-four finish heats up.


Redknapp: We can finish fourth

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was impressed with how his players have reacted in training following Sunday's crushing defeat in the FA Cup semi-final.

Spurs are hoping to end a current run of poor form after recording only two wins in the last 10 league matches.

Mark Hughes' side find themselves flirting with relegation, sitting just one place above the drop-zone - two points ahead of 18th place Bolton who have played two games less.

Redknapp admitted that the players felt dejected after losing 5-1 against Chelsea at Wembley, but insisted his side were raring to go as they prepared to take on QPR at Loftus Road.

"We all get very low but we came in on Monday morning and start again, you have to," Redknapp said before training on Friday. "By the end of the week it's history and you look forward to the next game.

"To be honest the players have looked sharp this week. Yesterday they worked fantastic. They zipped the ball about and it was a pleasure to be out there.

"We did lots of stuff on team shape but the quality of the play was top class and they look bright so hopefully we can carry that in to the weekend. We're ready to go again."

Spurs sit in fourth and are level on points with Newcastle, and two points ahead of Chelsea, however, Redknapp believes the north London club can see off the opposition and finish in a Champions League qualification position.

"I still think we will finish fourth," he added. "We hopefully might finish third. There are five games to go and we have to think about winning all our games if we can.

"Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea are in the same position. It's all to play for."

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