Sunday 23 September 2012

TLFG: 24-30 September 2012

Well that was disappointing beyond belief!

You may have guessed I've just walked in the door from White Hart Lane having watched QPR dominate Spurs for long periods and still lost.

To add insult to injury, it's been a thoroughly grotty day in London and the clouds saved their biggest shower for the last few hundred yards of my walk home.

Aside from the negatives, QPR were really good today despite having most of their first choice defenders out injured. When Jose Bosingwa went off in the first minute and got replaced by Kieron Dyer we thought we were in for a thrashing.

However, Dyer was arguably Rangers' best player and showed some real flashes of brilliance. If he stays fit, Mark Hughes' seemingly strange decision to offer him a new contract could prove to be an act of genius.

Although they won today, Tottenham fans will probably still be a little concerned. Apart from the two or three minutes when they scored their goals, they really were very average. You know they have the quality and I felt that if they'd wanted to win handsomely then they probably could've done - but that was they point, they didn't seem to want it.

The stories about new boss Andre Villas-Boas and unrest in the Spurs camp looked to have some foundation after this performance.

Ultimately though, Tottenham won and QPR still have only two points to their name and a mounting injury list. Rangers now have two home games in a week against Reading (in the Cup) and West Ham United with wins in both a must in order to keep up morale.

Tottenham Hotspur defend a second-half corner as QPR look to equalise
Sadly this week's blog is going to be slightly shorter than normal as I'm really pushed for time. As a result there will be no TLFG Top 10 which is a shame as there are some big derbies on - Arsenal v Chelsea and Sporting Bengal United v Bethnal Green United being just two of the fine matches on offer.

Take a good look at the ticket news below too. There are two matches on general sale at Arsenal which is almost unheard of while you can get cheap entry to Chelsea, QPR and West Ham for their midweek League Cup ties.

Each week at TLFG we attempt to compile a list of what's on general sale to non-members at London's Premier League clubs and for other notable matches (click on the team name for details).

Wednesday 26 September, 745pm - Coventry City, League Cup
Wednesday 3 October, 745pm - Olympiakos, Champions League

Tuesday 25 September, 745pm - Wolverhampton Wanderers, League Cup

Friday 5 October, 7pm - Chelsea, U21 Premier League
Saturday 20 October, 3pm - Aston Villa, Premier League
Saturday 3 November, 3pm - Everton, Premier League
Sunday 18 November, 4pm - Sunderland, Premier League

Wednesday 26 September, 745pm - Reading, League Cup
Monday 1 October, 8pm - West Ham United, Premier League (on sale 24 Sept)

Sunday 7 October, 3pm - Aston Villa, Premier League
Saturday 20 October, 1245pm - Chelsea, Premier League
Saturday 3 November, 3pm - Wigan Athletic, Premier League

Tuesday 25 September, 745pm - Wigan Athletic, League Cup
Saturday 6 October, 530pm - Arsenal, Premier League
Saturday 20 October, 3pm - Southampton, Premier League 

Aside from these there are also tickets going for England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley Stadium on 12 October.

This week is a bumper one for football fans in the capital. There are over 90 matches taking place including some big derbies and a batch of ties in the League Cup, FA Cup and FA Trophy. 

With all that in mind, here's this week's match map. If you've never used it before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the left side of the page to make sure you get all the information.

Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Magenta pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red pin - Sunday fixtures

View London match map 24-30 September 2012 in a larger map

As always, please check with the host club whether a match is still taking place before you travel. Please also let me know if any of the details are wrong or missing.

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

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