Our team to face QPR – What’s yours?

by Matthew Harris on October 29, 2011

Spurs welcome back Steven Pienaar and William Gallas for Sunday’s clash against QPR while it’s also felt that Brazilian Sandro is fit enough to make a claim for a place in the starting line up.

“William is not going to train today, but he’s trained all week and will train again tomorrow,” said Harry Redknapp early on Friday morning.

“He hasn’t played a game since last season and we have to see how he is. He could be involved.

“Steven is on the way back, which is good. He feels a lot better.

“Sandro has had a problem as well. He came on against Arsenal, did great for us, but his calf flared up. He’s had another scan, the scan looks okay, he feels okay and he could be available at the weekend as well.”

There was good news as well with Ledley King who doesn’t look likely to be involved on Sunday but could be on course for a return against Fulham next week.

“Ledley is improving. We’ll wait to see how he is tomorrow and you never know with Ledley, but it doesn’t look like he’s too far away,” Harry added.

With Brad Friedel in goal, the only question defensively is whether Harry starts with Gallas ahead of Bassong. That’s assuming that he doesn’t spring another surprise and start with Ledley.

In midfield, Pienaar looks unlikely to dislodge anyone while Sandro’s only chance of a place in the starting XI could be at the expense of Aaron Lennon.

In attack, VDV looks un-droppable after his five goals in four games so will probably tuck in behind Adebayor again with JD pressing for a start ahead of the on-loan striker.

Here’s our team to face QPR, what’s yours?

 Our team to face QPR   Whats yours?

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Spursman October 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Would probably agree with that team to be honest. We shouldn’t need to risk Ledders or Gallas against QPR, give them another week to get fit properly with maybe Gallas on the bench tomorrow to get a run out if we are comfortable. The last thing we want to do is to play at least one of them and have them out for months again. I do really feel that our CL qualification could depend a lot on these 2 this season especially with the Gooners finding form again.


Alan October 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

guess QPR gonna try and get in faces like against Chelsea so would play Modric on right instead of Lennon and Sandro in middle with Parker


ZenHoddle October 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Walker Kaboul Bassong BAE
Sandro Parker
Modric Van Der Vaart Bale


Tony October 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I do like this team and have wondered why we haven’t played it so far, but against QPR with all respect, we should only need one holding, Sandro or Parker, that gives us the option to play Lennon who will terrorise them with his pace. When playing the likes of Chelsea, Man Utd & Man City I would definitely try the above team. COYS 3 – 0 tomorrow for me.


ZenHoddle October 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I think the opposite is true. We’d knock the lesser tems for six like this. Sandro likes to move forward, and is good at it, so Parker can be the holding player on those occasions. Modders, Rafa and the boy Bale interchanging places behind Ade. Unless we become accomplished in this formation we should play a more balanced 442 against the top teams. Sandro needs to be on the pitch and so does Parker. I wish ‘Arry would play this way… COYS


Mark October 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Absolutely agree. Parker AND Sandro. Your side is spot on.


yids army October 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm

spot on zen hoddle with your line up.but i would play defoe instead of addy think hes carrying injury,lennon playing crap lately he does not deserve his place in the spurs team, 2:1 to yid army!!


ZenHoddle October 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Defoe if Adebayor isn’t fit, yes. I’d put Harry Kane in place of Pav on the bench too. Well, maybe not yet but at least he looks like he wants to run and challenge and can pass the ball.


Shannon October 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Agree with most of your team but I’d put in Defoe for Ade, who’s playing like he’s carrying an injury. I’ve noticed that his thigh is heavily strapped.


davspurs October 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

if we play that system again we will struggle i cant believe we are being sucked into a 451 that requires more defending . Parker patrols in front of our back four leaving a big are area for opposition too attack. This is more like 4141 this ]eaves us with one player who scores and that’s all he does Barton and co will just squeeze the space and attack on the break with just has many in attack has defence with Paddys cough cure medicine Tempo 442 or i wobble hang on wobble Spurs


ZenHoddle October 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm



davspurs October 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

What i mean in English is this there is something in the water and at half time is makes teams come out and run a lot , So with this in mind we need to score enough goals to stop the second half top up from stopping us hanging on like we where at Newcastle Blackburn and Wigan .Liverpool Arsenal Utd have all won so the pressure has Trebled and it seem we are playing catch up all the time, What i call this football is media football and this is why i think the leagiue is not a fair challenge any more. This is like putting last all the time and your mates have a birdi eadd too this the desperation factor and you wonder why i shit myself when we suppose too win , Jason Cundynsaid Liverpool wont finish in the top four and Arsenal what happens one wins 5-3 away and the other wins 2-0 without Talisman Gerrard and Carragher. So we are there for the fall we need too win this well or we will be in for a Media mauling for us and all praise for the Duracell Bunnies and he lightest and most miles travelled Arsenal. Defoe and Ady must start because if he fails too score we will have all our other strikers heads wrecked and there shooting boots blunted and like last year we will fail too score. If iam wrong then i will come back on here and retract my statement and praise my fellow Cockerels


spurs guvnor October 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

By your reckoning spurs are the only team in the world who dont take performance enhancing drugs!


davspurs October 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

If they did i would not be shitting myself and also if you study Opta our work rate is one of the worse. Arsenal 119 we was 114 when we beat them We have won games hanging on not chasing the ball in a manic way and also Van would not need Lennon and Parker too cover his lazy tacking. Do you think watching football for near 50 years of my near sixty next year i would worry about us beating QPR at home give me some credit. I have too factor this possibility into my thinking Barton was playing with Newcastle who ran 121klm to beat Wolves away our last game at Blackburn we ran 106 klm we need to up this and QPR will get hammered

ZenHoddle October 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I see. Maybe Spurs take sedatives at half time….. We were asleep when Ramsey squeezed one in….


davspurs October 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

City have scored 33 goals of them 25 are in the last 45 mins they are the only team with a player who got banned for using a drug that makes you slim and run all-day and you take the piss. Your anger should be against teams who up there tempo too try and beat us. The one player who could bypass this tempo was big Hudds who could zip the ball 50 yards all over the pitch and save energy and he is missing. How many teams came out and upped there work rate and won today or drawn Norwich are the team who run the most klm in games.3-3

ZenHoddle October 30, 2011 at 1:20 am

One player getting banned does not a team full of cheaters make. I’d say Man City’s quality players wear teams down and whilst they can hack it in the first half, they can’t by the second. More likely I reckon. Angry, not at all. Take the piss a bit? Yeah, sorry about that. COYS!

davspurs October 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

Zenhodcarrier your head is full of bricks we are lucky one got caught and the only reason he was caught he was a sub and full of shit. If you done research like i did and reported a whole team and was then told by the lady its rife and we cant catch them you wold be less sarcastic and more worried ab playing a team trying too stay in the money laden Premiership. I should not be saying tis on blogs and if i had faith in the FA run by ex City chairman Berstien i would be silent trust me Toure is one many getting caught in Europe you just have not heard of the latest is five under 20 Mexicans let of for contaminated meat containing Glenbutarol. This drug was used by a rugby player playing for my local team Widnes i turned too my mate and said what he on he runs all-day further down the line he got banned for Glenbutarol if it was today he would have claimed contaminated meat so you see the excuse get them off even Toure blamed is wife’s slimmers. This is not a morel crusade but a reminder too let these overachieving teams know its not a secret any more. We may have skill but the one state that stands out is our fitness levels are way behind Norwich Newcastle Arsenal and others and in the last four games we have bean hanging on against Arsenal Wigan Newcastle Blackburn in this check the Opta states, all i want is Spurs too equal there work rate by hitting them where hurts with Goals and no point and i will be silenced and a happy cockerel. One foot note just look at the better policed Ufa champs and see City and Utd slow there work rate dramatically.

Ashley October 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm


Walker. Kaboul. Bassong. BAE


Modric Vaart. Bale

Defoe. Adebayor


BILLYBOB October 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm


lennon in mainly for cover for walker, and ofcourse ADE i get the feeeling his best games will be at home for us this season, and if we are only one goal up around 60 bring on sandro for vdv,oh and gallas will play for sure,mark my words…


AmanT October 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I’d go for:
Walker Bassong Kaboul BAE
Lennon Modric Parker Bale

Luka and Parker play well in the centre. Both can feed Lennon,who would break QPR with his pace. He might not be in great form but we know what he’s capable of.
And in order to finish in top 4,we must have our key players fit. So risking Gallas would not be worth it. And plus i think we’ll manage without him tomorrow,atleast


Willis October 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm


Walker, Kaboul, Bassong, BAE,
Lennon, Modric, Bale
Defoe, Adebayor

Defoe plays well against the poorer teams, I can see him scoring a few against QPR if he started, we should play VDV from the start against the stronger teams


Shaky October 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Zen Hoddle-Your team is spot on for tomoz
But the right side is a problem at the moment and we are conceding a lot of goals down that flank.
I would like to see Kyle Walker play as the right side midfielder pretty much the way Bale went from LB to LW. That would give our midfield an all round defensive angle plus enable him to get even more forward. I would recall Naughton as well to play at RB. I think the Kyles would have a really good understanding & we have to start keeping some clean sheets.


dannyspur October 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I would leave out lennon, he’s just not doing it at the moment. stick VDV right mid, with walker providing pace on the overlap. Defoe and Adebeyor up front.


Palle October 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I would love to try Defoe on that right flank, miss him in the team, he Can also defend


Andre October 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm


Walker Kaboom Bassong Bale
Sandro Parker Luka
Ade JD


Paul f October 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm

skelletor; a&e, ranging kaboul, bill-gall, runner; van man, traitor, Parker-pen, Taff; elephant washer, jermain man. 2-0, bring on their west London cousins


Phill October 30, 2011 at 1:31 am

I do like the idea of defoe on the right wing, think it would be worth a try but I have a possible alternative?

modric parker vdv bale
ade defoe

Any thoughts?


nobby October 30, 2011 at 2:24 am

Corluka, Gallas, Kaboul, BAE
Walker, Parker, Modric, Bale
VDV, Ade


Phill October 30, 2011 at 3:10 am

I dont think risking gallas, pienaar or ade for more than half hr is worth the risk.
walker kaboul bassong bae
defoe parker modric bale
pav vdv

if winning after an hr rest bale and give pienaar a run out, same with kaboul for gallas n vdv for gio. I know we need to show some respect to QPR but we should be able to beat them with a 2nd string team eager to show they wana play


Benspurs October 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

Walker kaboul gallas bae
Luka Parker bale
Ade Defoe

Kind of midfield diamond with both fullbacks going forward. Pretty gung ho!?


totallytottenham October 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

I think Redknapp will start Defoe, he’s been talking him up all week. I think it is a mistake but if he doesn’t start him at home to the relegation fodder when does he start him?

The problem is he can not afford to leave VDV on the bench and that means he has to shoe horn 3 strikers in to the first 11. I expect to see both of them plus Adebayor in the starting line up. We really don’t need Lennon as Walker is more effective as a winger from right back. I expec the team to be. Friedal Walker Kabooooooom Basson A&E Modric Parker Bale VDV Defoe and Adebayor.


gog October 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

I like some of these formations especially those which attempt not to use Modric I’d like to see us try not to use him so much ,against less dangerous teams, as I think it will be better for our team in the long run.


superspur October 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Walker. Gallas. Kaboul. Benny.
modric. Parker.
vdv. bale


surreyspur October 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

This is the ideal game to try something a bit different and alot more adventurous. I’d go for
Kaboul, gallas, bassong
Walker, parker, bale
Modric, vdv
Adebayor, Defoe

5-3-2/3-5-2/3-3-2-2 depending on how you look at it. If gallas needs to come off we could put Lennon or Sandra on and revert to 4-4-2/4-3-3


surreyspur October 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I meant sandro stupid predictive txt


rude boi October 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm



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