Tottenham v QPR preview
Tottenham look to carry on where they left off when they take on QPR at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s London derby.
Eric Dier's late winner at West Ham last week, having played the majority of the match with 10 men, will certainly have given new manager Mauricio Pochettino a lift ahead of Sunday's clash.
An Erik Lamela-inspired victory in Cyprus on Thursday night, albeit a far from convincing one, will give Spurs yet more confidence.
The Argentinian playmaker provided both goals in the 2-1 win over AEL Limassol in their Europa League qualifier and, after a positive pre-season, the 22-year-old will look to continue his progress against the Rs.
Spurs have an impressive recent record against their London rivals. They have won four of their last six Premier League games against QPR, with one of those wins masterminded by current Rangers boss Harry Redknapp.
Eduardo Vargas became the latest signing for the Rs as they look to build a team capable of remaining in the top flight, but don't rule out further signings as Redknapp pursues more targets.
A disappointing home defeat by Hull on the opening day is hardly ideal preparation for this encounter, but with a talented squad at his disposal, Redknapp could have a few tricks up his sleeve on his return to one of his former employers.
Kyle Naughton will miss Sunday's clash through suspension after his dismissal at Upton Park, with Ben Davies set to make his league debut.
Vlad Chiriches could make a return for Spurs from a back injury if he passes a fitness test prior to kick-off.
Kyle Walker is the only guaranteed absentee as he continues his recovery from a long-term injury.
Redknapp could hand debuts to Mauricio Isla and Leroy Fer in Sunday's derby at Tottenham.
Isla and Fer are both fit and have been training but fellow new recruit Vargas is not in contention as he still requires a work permit having signed on loan from Napoli.
Chile international Isla could come in for Danny Simpson, while Fer only featured as a substitute once for Norwich before his move and could start from the bench at White Hart Lane.
Paul Merson's prediction:
I didn't think QPR deserved to lose to Hull last week because they created enough chances, including a penalty. Tottenham didn't deserve to lose to West Ham, but I'm not sure they deserved to win the game either. They looked a bit toothless if I'm being honest and they didn't really look like scoring a goal until the right-back popped up in the last few minutes (I'm not sure what he was doing up there…) I just expect Tottenham to win at home in their first game under a new manager, but Harry Redknapp has been in the game too long to panic about that.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0