Last Updated: 12/01/13 2:49pm
Defoe lets rip but sees his shot cannon off Derry, who has been immense for the hosts today, and QPR look quite likely to salvage a draw now.
Taarabt ushers the ball into the centre of the pitch, with Park aiming a speculative effort at goal that is comfortably cleared by Dawson.
Derry looks to feed in Taarabt, but Dembele makes a timely tackle, with Mbia unable to push forward from the rebound as the linesman's flag is again raised.
Dawson collides with Wright-Phillips, completely taking out the winger who looks a little bedraggled when he eventually gets back to his feet.
Mbia is played in by Taarabt as QPR push for a late smash and grab victory, with Lloris completely flooring in, only to be relieved by the linesman's whistle for offside.
Wright-Phillips does excellently to skip away from Walker, but a one-two with Taarabt ends with the former slipping over and missing the chance to shoot.
Bale's free-kick bends away from the wall, but it curves too far wide of goal and Cesar happily watches it bobble wide.
It's still Spurs applying all the forward pressure with seven minutes left, but QPR's resilient defence hang on, with Mackie back to make a strong tackle on Dempsey.
Sigurdsson takes aim after collecting the ball from Walker, his shot hitting Nelsen, before Onuoha concedes a free-kick on Walker shortly after.
Wright-Phillips looks for Taarabt down the line, but plays a poor ball that rolls out of play before his team-mate can reach it. Redknapp seems content to try and hold on for the draw here.
Miscommunication from both teams sees two attacks break down, before Bale is felled on the right side of the pitch, the result though only a throw-in.
Bale's sublime trickery nearly sees him get past Nelsen, but the defender holds firm. Moments later a Taarabt ball up finds Wright-Phillips give chase, before the excellent Lloris sprints out to make the clearance.
QPR continue to struggle generating momentum when advancing forward, as Fabio looks for the isolated Taarabt and ends up seeing his cross cleared by Dawson.
QPR drop deep and allows Spurs to have the ball in midfield, with Dempsey and Parker involved as they try and apply a final ball, before Nelsen steps up to cut out Lennon's delivery into Defoe.
Walker out-muscles Park neat the byline but QPR win the ball back through Fabio, whose run into the box ends with a hopeful ball across goal that rolls out of play. Much better though from the hosts.
Wright-Phillips looks to hurry the ball away from Parker, but the midfielder makes his challenge and ends up conceding a throw-in.
A lack of understanding between Wright-Phillips and Fabio sees an attack break down for QPR, but as Spurs attempt to seize the initiative, Cesar comfortably claims a delivery from Bale.
QPR really need a striker on now, as Taarabt breaks away from the corner, finding Mackie who is marked off and loses out to Naughton.
Adebayor collects a lovely ball from Defoe, but he can't line up the space to shoot and after being closed down by Nelsen, it's a corner to Spurs.
Onuoha's ball to Taarabt ends with Parker taking over, with QPR really struggling to carve any chances of any kind right now.
Taarabt cuts inside Naughton, but Dembele lends a hand and forces him away from goal with the duo earning Spurs a throw-in. Brilliant defending in the end.
Mbia appears to have taken a knock and is walking fairly gingerly as he resumes the unenviable task of marking Bale from a ball up the field.
Onuoha's close control sees him get away from Bale, but his delivery up to Taarabt sees Vertonghen too much for him to deal with, the defender calmly playing back to Lloris.
Nelsen is required to stab the ball behind from Bale' delivery as the visitors win another corner. Walker crosses in, but Dembele's flick on results in a QPR goal-kick.
Hill's bravery sees the corner cleared, but as the second delivery comes in, Dawson gets his head to it before firing over the bar.
Neat play from Spurs sees them get a throw-in near the byline, with further work from Adebayor ensuring that becomes a corner.
Dembele trips, and immediately proceeds to take down Mbia in the process, with the result a free-kick to the hosts inside their own half.
Parker changes forward after Mbia dawdled, but his ball into Lennon is read by Nelsen who slips in to make the challenge.
Mbia breaks away as Derry intercepts from Dembele, and Naughton has to be alert to prevent Wright-Phillips sneaking past him.
QPR are having very little of the ball right now as Spurs continue to dominate possession, but credit to the hosts, for the time being they are ensuring that it is all in Tottenham's half.
Cesar is called into action again as he denies Adebayor brilliantly before claiming the proceeding corner with confidence. He has been immense for QPR so far.
Walker's stunning effort is agonisingly close to finding the top right corner but incredibly it sneaks past the far post and ends up a goal kick for QPR.
Lennon's pacey run forward sees him felled under Fabio and Spurs win a free-kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the penalty area.
Spurs hold up play in QPR's final third, but a lack of control from Bale near the byline sees Onuoha recover and the hosts are awarded a goal-kick.
Taarabt's frustrating afternoon continues as he loses out to Dawson with no free-kick awarded, with Spurs instead resuming possession.
Parker looks to test Cesar further with a dipping half-volley from range, but it lands narrowly over the crossbar as Spurs begin the second half menacingly.
A Bale free-kick gives Cesar some early work to do straight after the break, and after initially fumbling the effort, the keeper recovers to gather the ball.
Money matters now with Thomas Williams, who writes: 'Its amazing after all the money that was spent at qpr we have no genuine goal scorers on the pitch!'
Kieran Joseph writes: 'Both teams have been good in the centre of the park, if QPR carry on they may be able to take all 3 points.'
Harry Redknapp will be fairly satisfied with how his men have performed so far, they're 7/2 to go on and win the game. Tottenham's price remains short at 11/10, though, and Sky Bet offer 5/1 that Defoe scores the opening goal while Taarabt is 9/1 to beat him to it.
So a fairly even half ends goalless with Defoe's cracking of the woodwork the closest either team has come to taking the lead. Send your second half thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wright-Phillips can't find the run of Taarabt and a chance to counter for QPR comes to nothing with Spurs applying late pressure to end the half.
Wright-Phillips displays tremendous skill to work his way past Walker, but upon getting himself into a shooting position, he drags a poor effort wide.
Mbia clatters into the back of Parker and that's going to be a Spurs free-kick. They play it short though, and eventually a long ball from Vertonghen is dealt with by Fabio.
Park gets forward, but after leaving the ball with Mbia, his team-mate can't find the return pass and Vertonghen collects the ball through the centre.
Parker runs out of options, and decides to add to the list of Spurs players who have shot from range and missed today. Impressive defending from QPR thus far.
Taarabt looks to play in Wright-Phillips but Dawson reads the danger and makes the interception accordingly. Still a fairly even game so far in terms of chances created.
Some minimal penalty claims from QPR's players as Taarabt falls in the box, but it appeared to be from an accidental collison from Dawson and the referee waves play on.
Mackie earns his side a corner after being tripped by Dembele, which earns the midfielder the first booking of the game.
QPR continue to sit deep and let Spurs keep the ball in midfield, but the visitors' progress is minimal at the moment, with Wright-Phillips tracking back to challenge Walker.
Walker controls a clearance from Fabio, and Spurs look to push forward until Onuoha and Derry combine to deny Bale charging away down the left.
Dawson, looking to redeem himself in style, goes for goal from 40 yards, and while it wasn't a terrible effort, it wasn't anywhere near to troubling Cesar.
Park takes over as Parker loses out to Derry, but Spurs regain possession instantly, with Bale's delivery from the left being carried behind for a corner.
The outcome is a poor attempt to meet the ball from Dawson, who is beaten by strength by Hill and falls to the floor in the process.
Mbia concedes a foul on Dembele, who finally gets past his nemesis this afternoon, and Spurs have a free-kick 35 yards out from goal.
Taarabt leaves the ball out wide for Mackie, but Naughton does splendidly to recapture possession and hack away to safety.
Mbia intercepts from Dembele, the second time the QPR man has won that battle, as Onuoha's progress down the right is blocked off by Naughton.
Parker launches the ball wide to Lennon, but Fabio continues to impress against the winger, marking Lennon all the way as Cesar comes out to collect.
Parker gets stuck into the action immediately, linking up play with several team-mates, before Walker charges forward and unleashes a drive that dribbles wide of goal.
Wright-Phillips loses out to Walker on a ball down the line from Fabio, and solid defending from the Spurs right-back ensures a corner being prevented and Spurs winning a throw-in.
It looks like bad news for Sandro who is hobbling to the sidelines and may not play any further part here today.
Adebayor can't fight his way through Nelsen, but Spurs continue to maintain their pressure, with Sandro twisting as he directed a shot on goal and now receiving treatment from the physios.
Taarabt claims a free-kick against Naughton, but it isn't given and it appears the QPR man is warned for his protests as a result.
Bale examines the options from 40 yards out, and decides to have a pop at goal, but it lacks the power or direction to really challenge Cesar who claims it easily.
Naughton and Vertonghen team up to take possession back from Taarabt, which a succession of tackles resulting in a number of throw-ins.
Good marshalling from Fabio on Lennon forces Tottenham back, temporarily, before Bale finds Adebayor on the edge of the box with Hill making a superb tackle on the striker.
Taarabt is again in the thick of the QPR attack, drifting wide before aiming a tame effort at goal in the end, which is straightforward for Lloris to gather.
Dawson slides in on Taarabt, sending the forward flying and it's a free-kick to the hosts just inside their own half.
Sandro looks to carve out an opening for himself, but he takes on one too many QPR defenders and ends up falling under the tackle of Nelsen.
A good spell from QPR eventually ends with a poor effort from Mbia, after lovely work initially from Park and Taarabt in the build-up.
Great chance for QPR. Wright-Phillips is played in, and the winger holds up the ball before stabbing an effort at goal, with a deflection taking it out for a corner.
Mbia storms in on Dembele, but after a surging run forward, a miscommunication sees him aim a horrible effort towards the corner flag.
Taarabt turns on the style to get away from Naughton, but his delivery from the right is straight down the throat of Lloris.
Ambitious stuff from Bale, who looks to volley Walker's long ball from the other side of the pitch, with Cesar watching it comfortably bounce wide.
Mackie ends up hacking down Dembele, conceding a free-kick, while Naughton receives treatment after taking a knock from the QPR striker.
This is excellent from Spurs who maintain their assault with play spreading wide to Lennon. Unfortunately for Spurs, the winger's touch lets him down and that allows Fabio in.
Bale looks to flick the ball past Cesar at the near post from the corner, but Cesra is equal to it. Moments later, Lennon falls under Fabio but the referee refrains from awarding a free-kick.
Defoe leads the attack for Spurs, striking a vicious shot off the crossbar, with Adebayor incredibly denied on the rebound by Cesar from close range.
Sterling effort from Mackie near the byline, holding the ball up as he awaited options, before Naughton steps in to concede a throw-in.
Dawson sprays the ball out wide to Bale, who takes on Onuoha before cutting back inside where he picks out Sandro, whose shot is handled well by Cesar.
Taarabt persists as he steals the ball from Dembele, and while trying to retrieve it, the Spurs man fouls the QPR striker near the touchline.
As the players engage in the pre-match handshake, we're moments away from kick-off at Loftus Road now.
Sky Bet offer a range of Price Boosts ahead of kick-off, including QPR to win 2-1 (14/1 from 12/1) and Jermain Defoe first goal Tottenham to win 2-0 (33/1 from 25/1). Spurs are the match favourites (8/11) while QPR can be backed for the win at 7/1. The draw at 14/5 perhaps offers more value if you think the hosts can get a result today.
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor plays his final match before departing for the African Nations Cup. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, forward Jermain Defoe and winger Aaron Lennon also return among the seven changes to the side that defeated Coventry 3-0 in the FA Cup. Midfielder Ji-Sung Park and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips start for QPR with manager Harry Redknapp hoping to mastermind victory against the club that sacked him in June.
King Jones has messaged in from his palace. Maybe he had one of his aides send it? He writes: 'Spurs go into this one with the upper hand due to the recent form, but QPR have a decent squad and I believe their poor results have not been due to a poor manager, they still have the same players playing right now, these guys just needed someone to motivate them, dont think Spurs will bag this one easily, and the best they will get is a draw, thats if QPR dont take the points. QPR 2 Spurs 1.'
Martin Richmond writes: 'Despite their win against Chelsea, Tottenham will have too much for QPR, I'm backing Tottenham to win 3-1 with Bale to score 2 and Defoe also on target for Spurs and Cisse on target for QPR.'
Ady Crocker predicts: 'A hard fought, gritty affair today with tensions running high, maybe a sending off. I will see a close game with Tottenham winning 1-2 in the end.'
Spurs team v QPR: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Naughton, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Caulker, BAE, Parker, H'stne, Sigurdsson, Dempsey.
QPR team v Spurs: Cesar, Hill, Onuoha, Nelsen, Da Silva, Mbia, Park, Derry, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Mackie. Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Ben Haim, Faurlin, Bothroyd, Campbell.
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