QPR – Fulham 15.12.2012
Being no less than eight points adrift of safety, QPR have no choice but to go all guns blazing at Fulham, a team that will fancy their chances of winning at Loftus Road
after returning to winning ways with an impressive triumph over Newcastle.
While QPR recently broke a record for a number of consecutive matches without a win at the start of a Premiership campaign, nobody can really say the Rs have been utterly disappointing this season. Even under Mark Hughes, Rangers had produced some very good performances, creating chances with ease, but bad luck and profligacy in front of goal have seen him fail to win any of those games. The arrival of Harry Redknapp seems to have been just the boost they needed, as QPR produced three very good performances against Sunderland, Aston Villa and Wigan, and finally showed some improvement in the final third. After being unfortunate not to win at DW Stadium, Rangers will give their best to finally record the first win against Fulham, and with the Cottagers also expected to adopt attacking approach, we should see an end to end game at Loftus Road.
Match: QPR – Fulham 16.00h
League: England Premier :eague
Our prediction: over 2.5 goals Odds: 1.85
Not so long ago, Fulham were one of the most defence-minded sides in the Premier League and very boring to watch, but everything changed with the arrival of Martin Jol. The Dutch coach needed some time to implement his ideas into the squad, but the arrival of players like Berbatov, Petric and Rodallega helped transform the Cottagers into genuine attack-minded side. As a result, Fulham are now conceding much more goals than they used to, 27 in just 16 games, but they are also scoring goals for fun, again 27 in 16 games. With the likes of Berbatov, Rodallega, Kacaniklic and Duff up front, the Cottagers are extremely dangerous in attack and almost lethal on the counterattack. Being also high on confidence after beating Newcastle and facing a bottom-table side, I have no doubts Fulham will attempt to win at Loftus Road.