Queens Park Rangers 2012: Keys to Victory over Tottenham Hotspur

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Queens Park Rangers 2012: Keys to Victory over Tottenham Hotspur
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Both Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur have had stuttering starts to the season so far. However, with Rangers grinding out a good draw at home to Chelsea, and Spurs winning comfortably away at Reading last weekend, both teams seem to be on the up.

Rangers travel to their North London counterparts on Sunday, searching for their first three points of the season, but it will not be an easy away trip. Spurs have replaced the players they lost in the summer with stars such as Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele, and Jan Vertonghen. Add in the form which Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale seem to be finding, and you have yourselves a dangerous team to face.

Andre Villas-Boas has used the international break wisely, and is beginning to utilize his Tottenham team in a formation that works, and tactics that bring the best out of the players. Mark Hughes also seems to have spent two weeks working with the new look Rangers squad, and will be aware how tough a test a visit to White Hart Lane will be.

Hughes' tactics and substitutions raised an eyebrow or two in the games against Swansea and Norwich, however his team selection and tactical nous against bitter rivals Chelsea on Saturday gave the Rs a much needed point, and seemed to strike the right chord with supporters.

For Rangers to take anything out of the game at Spurs, there are five issues which need to be addressed, and if done so, could open the door for Queens Park Rangers' maiden victory this season.

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