A matter of weeks ago, Tottenham would have appeared a coupon banker to beat QPR at Loftus Road, priced at 5/6.
As it stands however, a QPR victory at 13/5 looks conceivable amidst their recent home form, which has included three consecutive wins in four unbeaten matches.
The draw too now looks a possible outcome, as a 23/10 chance, and this is apparent in the aftermath of a run which threatens to de-rail Spurs’ bid for Champions League qualification.
All these factors considered, it perhaps looks a wise option to bet on goal markets in this game, rather than solely betting on the outcome of the match.
QPR’s 3-0 success over Swansea represented the first time they had kept a clean sheet at Loftus Road in 13 league matches, though they themselves found the net in ten of those games, and the 4/6 odds for both teams to score in this match looks nailed on.
Tottenham are aiming to overcome their Wembley disappointment of the weekend, and will be desperate to rack up a few goals in reaction to a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.
Previously an inconceivable concept, it now looks a very real possibility that Harry Redknapp’s men could miss out on a spot in the top four, with Newcastle now separated from Spurs only on goal difference, and Chelsea two points adrift of their London rivals.
A big performance is needed here, and Spurs will have their best chance of success by playing the free-flowing, attacking football that won them such acclaim early in the season.
Meanwhile, the home side have a massive incentive to get at Tottenham and force their way onto the scoresheet too.
The Rs have given themselves a legitimate chance of survival with some positive results in recent weeks, and with Djibril Cisse returning from suspension, the Hoops will fancy their chances of registering en route to achieving a result in this London derby.