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Terrible travellers Tottenham easy pickings for improving QPR

| 06.03.2015

After watching his new employers plunge into semi-crisis between late August-early November, when winning just four out of nine home games, Mauricio Pochettino has pulled his first campaign in charge of Spurs out of the fire with a return of just one White Hart Lane Loss in 15 since.

However, the Lilywhites’ renewed fortitude in front of the faithful has been in stark contrast to their away form, which had kept them going to an extent at the start of term.

Having lost just once in nine all competition matches on the road prior to a 3-0 reverse at Chelsea in early December, Spurs have now won only one of seven matches away from White Hart Lane following their 5-3 home thumping of Jose Mourinho’s men on New Year’s Day.

That makes an improving QPR side, who Spurs visit for the only Premier League fixture of the weekend, a high-value proposition at 10/3 to beat their London rivals.

Chris Ramsey has seen his temporary charges perform manfully in one-goal defeats to top-four chasing duo Southampton and Arsenal at Loftus Road since he took over, the former coming via a gut-wrenching last minute strike from in-form Saints winger Sadio Mane.

Furthermore, the former Brighton and Swindon defender snapped a 12-match losing streak, which cursed Harry Redknapp’s side since their May promotion, first time out on the road at Sunderland, where the R’s ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.

Due to Europa League and Capital One Cup commitments, Pochettino’s side haven’t had a break from midweek-to-weekend football action since the last round of the FA Cup, turning out five times in 15 days and enduring energy-draining trips to Florence and Wembley during that spell.

At the very least they look a poor win bet at 4/5 across the capital, with 10/11 on offer about the hosts’ double chance of a win or a draw.

After notching in each of his past couple of appearances, Charlie Austin ranks as a decent shout to get off the mark again at any time at 23/10.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune