Tottenham started the season with back-to-back defeats to the two Manchester teams but since then Harry Redknapp’s men have been in impressive form, winning five and drawing one of their subsequent six matches. All signs point to a Spurs success then, as they entertain QPR at White Hart Lane, where Betfred price the hosts at 2/5 to collect another three points.
Rangers, Totesport’s 8/1 outsiders, are in buoyant mood after beating Chelsea a week ago but that 1-0 victory came via a penalty and the result doesn’t tell the full story of a match in which the nine-man Blues could easily have rescued a point. Furthermore, Neil Warnock’s side were hit for six in their last away match, at Fulham, so it’s hard to make a case for them even earning a share of the spoils (4/1, Skybet).
In fact, it could turn out to be a fairly comfortable afternoon for Tottenham, available at even money in Paddy Power’s handicap betting, where they start a goal in arrears and bet365 quote the home side at 13/2 to notch twice without reply.
Less specifically, Partybets post 6/5 against Redknapp’s charges combining victory with a clean sheet and at the other end the player to watch is undoubtedly Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch schemer has struck five times in his last four Premiership outings and he’s definitely the pick of the bunch in the first scorer betting at 19/4 () while Stan James rate the Tottenham attacker at 11/10 to notch at any time.
Rafael van der Vaart to score first – 19/4 ()
Tottenham (-1) to win in the handicaps – evens (Paddy Power)