Harry Kane
Kane is at the centre of a club v country debate.Harry Kane

Relegation battlers Queens Park Rangers host Tottenham Hotspur at Loftus Road on Saturday in the only Premier League game of the weekend.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day from 10.45pm GMT on BBC One.

Overview

This is an important game for the Rangers who are currently in 18th spot, three points behind Aston Villa, who are on 25. A loss here will allow the Villans to extend their lead when the opportunity arises, something which Chris Ramsey's side can ill afford at this point.

They come into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss to north London rivals Arsenal where Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez sealed the game for the Gunners after QPR had given them a major fright in the first half.

They closed down the Gunners at every opportunity in the first half and caught them on the ball and were able to stop them from playing their free flowing brand of football.

However, their intensity suffered in the second half as the Gunners picked them at will and had multiple opportunities before Giroud latched on the end of a cross from Kieran Gibbs and opened the scoring.

Sanchez had a brilliant opportunity to double the score which was squandered by a great save from Robert Green but the Chilean atoned for his error by making room and blasting past Green at the near post two minutes later.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are currently six points behind Manchester United with a game in hand and need three points from this fixture to keep them within sniffing distance of the race at the top. Anything less will allow the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and United to surge ahead with only 10 games to go in the season.

Their 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the finals of the Capital One Cup last weekend was a defining moment in their season, coming days after their exit from the Europa League where they lost to Fiorentina. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that his side are able to fight back from the array of disappointments and manage to sustain their spirit in the league.

What Managers Say

Chris Ramsey: "I know quite a lot of Spurs fans, some were personal friends. I said to one that Ryan Mason is probably the best footballer at the club, but they would say, 'We need this person from one country and that guy from that country.' All credit to Pochettino for not being biased to the expensive players but seeing and picking the players who are on form. He has been very brave and done fantastic for English ­football in the way he has done that. It's taken the people in the development a decade really to get the club to see the way."

Maurucio Pochettino: "Charlie Austin is a very good player, as is Kane. We need points to stay up the table.That's important in the next game. We have 11 games left, and I think it's important to be solid and consistent in our results."

Betting Odds (By 888Sport)

  • QPR Win: 7/2
  • Draw: 29/10
  • Tottenham Win: 7/9

Team News

QPR

Possible XI: Green; Yun, Caulker, Hill, Furlong; Isla, Henry, Kranjcar, Phillips; Zamora, Austin

Tottenham

Possible XI: loris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Mason, Paulinho; Lamela, Dembele, Townsend; Kane