Fulham seems safe in the middle of the table, but they are only six points from the last three.
A few bad results could easily see them involved into the relegation battle. The manager Martin Jol is well aware of that and I believe he will ask the maximum from his players. For this match Jol has no new injury worries, meaning Mahamadou Diarra remains the only long-term absentee.
Fulham made the biggest surprise in the previous round when managed to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Dimitar Berbatov proved his good form and netted the winner on that match. The Bulgarian striker is in excellent form at the moment with three goals on the last three matches. It’s the first time Berbatov scored in three successive Premier League games since December 2011.
It is important to be mentioned that Fulham is in four-matches unbeaten streak. Aside from Tottenham, they managed to beat Stoke and shared the points with Norwich and Sunderland. The atmosphere in the squad is very positive and I believe the players confidence is very high at the moment.
On contrary, the situation is almost critical at QPR squad. On the bottom on the table, massive seven points from the safe zone, it seems no hope left for the Rangers. But QPR actual form could not be described as bad. Two wins in the last three Premier League matches isn’t something to be shamed off. But the fans still believe in Harry Redknapp and his magic. Redknapp insists the defeat at Aston Villa last time out has not knocked his belief that the club can clamber to survival, and says his side’s performance in the defeat gave him extra confidence.
I already mentioned that QPR have two wins in the last three matches. However, something else is important for my pick – all three matches were efficient.
The last match at Craven Cottage finished with six goals as Fulham won 6:0 (02.10.2011). I believe the fans will enjoy at least four goals now.