QPR v Fulham 15:00 Sat
In what is assured to be a tight derby encounter, Fulham will make the short trip to Loftus Road as odds against underdogs with Bet365 on Saturday where they’ll go up against Mark Hughes’s QPR in the Premiership.
The West London rivalry will hand Bobby Zamora his first game against the Cottagers since moving to QPR in a deadline day move during the January transfer window.
The 31 year-old is almost assured to start this weekend with QPR attackers Djibril Cissé, DJ Campbell and Heidar Helguson all out either through suspension or injury.
The forward will surely receive a frosty suspension from the away fans but it won’t bother the English international who will have his concentration fully fixed on saving the Hoops from relegation this season.
This weekend also sees Mark Hughes go up against his former side for the first time since taking over at the helm of QPR and the Welshman will be hoping to set the record straight after Fulham ran out a 6-0 battering in the reverse fixture in October.
The Cottagers can’t expect to see the same result again when they travel on Saturday, as although Martin Jol’s side are in a decent string of form, the London side have the very worst away attack in the Premier League, scoring just 0.58 goals per game on average, when playing away from Craven Cottage this season.
They can take heart however from some impressive results in recent weeks, notably successes over Arsenal, Stoke and Newcastle, and strengthened during the January transfer window with the arrival of Russian international Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart, who scored on his debut against Stoke.
QPR may not be able to climb up the table even if they obtain three points from this weekend’s fixture but the January transfers such as Nedum Onuoha, Taye Taiwo, Samba Diakite and of course Zamora will be hoping to pounce on any opportunity they get for top flight survival.
Things are getting a little desperate at the bottom with Rangers keeping one eye over their shoulder after dismal defeats to Blackburn and Wolves, teams below them, as they look to avoid the pull of a relegation battle, and another defeat at home would really set alarm bells ringing for fans.