QPR v Fulham Betting Preview
Winless QPR find themselves at home against Fulham this Saturday in yet another much anticipated London derby. Harry Redknapp’s introduction as manager has yet to have the desired effect the club would have liked, having drawn all three of their matches since he has been in charge. Those games have been against Wigan, Aston Villa and Sunderland which under the circumstances you would expect them to do slightly better. However Harry is a few games into life at Loftus Road now and with pressure building this weekend may well be the first three points of QPR’s Premier League season. Choose a free bet for this match.
QPR are currently rock bottom in the Premier League and now sit eight points adrift of Villa in seventeenth. All the statistics for this game show that QPR have no chance of winning this match, they’ve only scored five goals at home all season, conceded fifteen and are yet to record a single victory. However as the old football cliché goes ‘a football match isn’t won on paper,’ and there is nothing like a derby match to spur a side on. QPR are at 29/20 on William Hill to get that elusive first win against Fulham and a win or draw double chance is at 2/5. They have really struggled for goals this season but one player who usually causes the opposition some difficulty is Djibril Cisse who is 5/1 to score the first goal and 5/4 anytime on William Hill. Despite scoring only two so far this season he is still one of their leading goal scorers and could well be on the score sheet again this weekend.
Fulham have once again proved to be a tricky side to face this season and currently lie in thirteenth. Perhaps not an ideal position but due to how close the league table stands at the moment a couple of wins could see them easily move into the top half. They go into this game off the back of a good result against struggling Newcastle having won 2-1 and are priced at 9/5 on William Hill to do the business again against QPR. New signing Dimitar Berbatov is their top scorer on five so far this season and is the most likely candidate to add to his tally again this weekend. On William Hill he is at 9/2 to be the first goal scorer and 6/5 anytime. An interesting offer on Skybet gives you odds of 6/1 for both Cisse and Berbatov to find the back of net which will certainly tempt many. This will undoubtedly not be an easy game for Fulham and they would probably take a point if you offered it to them before the match, a draw in this game is at 12/5 on William Hill and could well be a likely result. Fulham have drawn four of their last five away games which included trips to both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Past meetings between the two all lean in Fulham’s favour. Last season QPR didn’t manage a single goal against their rivals whilst Fulham managed to net a total of seven, including that 6-0 thumping at Craven Cottage. In fact the last time QPR managed to even get a point from Fulham was back in the year 2000 when they met in the Championship. QPR fans will surely feel that this bad form can’t last forever though and there is no time like the present to turn their fortunes around. Both teams to score for this game is at 8/13 on Skybet and over 2.5 goals on William Hill is 10/11. I think this match may be a game that goes against recent history between the two sides and may well be quite a high scoring match as Fulham have a shaky defence on the road having conceded sixteen this season. It is a game which could swing either way and really is a tough one to call. There seems to be a feeling that this may well be the game to kick start QPR’s season and a 2-1 win to the home side is priced at 8/1 on Bet365. Also a 2-2 draw seems like a realistic scoreline and is quite a tempting price at 12/1. However there is the risk that QPR will suffer the same fate as like every other game this season and lose a close encounter by the odd goal, a Fulham 2-1 win is 10/1 on Bet365. Although I think this may be the first time we see all three points claimed by QPR in a game I can see them narrowly edging.
Article by Max Hodge
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