Hoops Hoping To Avoid Being Dragged Into A Relegation Fight



In their second all-London clash since the re-start, Fulham will be hoping to stop the rot when they visit the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium to lock horns with a QPR side who could possibly be dragged into a relegation battle.


Scott Parker has seen his Cottagers’ automatic-promotion chances all but disappears after disappointing defeats to league leaders Leeds United and top-flight hopefuls Brentford.


Tuesday’s opponents have had a similarly dismal time of late, with Mark Warburton overseeing a winless return-to-action after two successive defeats against fellow-strugglers Barnsley and Charlton Athletic.


However, this derby is fiercely contested with both sides having won on two occasions in their past six encounters, with Fulham’s 2-1 defeat of QPR in November decided by a brace from Aboubakar Kamara, who could possibly deputise once again for the likely-suspended Alexander Mitrovic.


The Serbian striker, who has fired in 23 goals this campaign, is likely to miss the game retrospectively after elbowing Leeds defender Ben White 90 seconds into their clash on Saturday.


The closest player in terms of goals scored for the South-West London outfit is midfielder Tom Cairney, who has only matched around a third of the ill-disciplined forward’s contributions, with eight.


The Cottagers have only claimed all three points six times in their 19 games on their travels this season, whilst The Hoops are fairly favourable at home, winning eight in 20.


QPR are heading into Tuesday’s game with no real selection dilemmas, whilst Fulham will also be without Neeskens Kebano, who was sent off for a second bookable-offence in their defeat at Elland Road.


Despite both sides not being in the best of form, Fulham should have too much quality and may make light work of an R’s side who have conceded from their first shot on target in their last two defeats.



Match Preview written by Ethan Evans.