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QPR to banish past derby day misery in Cottagers clash

| 13.02.2016

Lee Gormley | February 11, 2016

QPR v Fulham

  • Championship
  • Saturday, February 12th
  • Kick-off: 12:30 GMT
  • Loftus Road, London
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

QPR seek west London revenge over Fulham

Loftus Road will play host to Saturday’s afternoon west London derby, as QPR welcome local rivals Fulham for their latest Championship clash, with the home side seeking revenge for their reverse fixture thumping last September.

Queens Park Rangers v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship - Loftus Road

The R’s were on the receiving end of a 4-0 hammering at Craven Cottage last time the two capital clubs collided, when Ross McCormack bagged a double, while promising frontman Moussa Dembele also chipped in to earn a comfortable three points.

Much has changed from that emphatic result though, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink now in charge of a 13th-placed QPR, and they are 10/3 with Coral to win and both teams scoring on home soil, while Fulham arrive at 5/2 for another derby day victory.

Cairney coy on another Rangers rout

Despite having taken their opponents apart in the reverse encounter, Fulham have dropped to a daunting 19th position in the second tier standings, just four points adrift of safety after a hapless run of form.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Fulham v Brighton - Craven Cottage

Such a streak has seen Tom Cairney play down any chances of another dominant result over QPR at Loftus Road, though a repeat 4-0 away triumph is 90/1 to occur.

“That night, it was our best overall performance over 90 minutes this season,” stated Cairney.

“Whether we can go do it again in that way, I don’t know. It might be hard to do is as easy as it felt that night. The energy was there, and it felt like we had an extra man on the pitch.”

Both former R’s hitman Charlie Austin and Jamie Mackie had both limped off within seconds of each other in that thrashing as the eventual losers went 3-0 down, and Cairney admits the Cottagers wont be thinking of that previous success, as they aim to stay up this term.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Fulham v Leeds United - Craven Cottage

“It was one of those great nights, but they won’t be thinking about that performance. It’s just different games. That said, we can go there and win,” added the midfielder, who is 5/1 to strike anytime.

“I wouldn’t say we are going to get relegated, but we’ve got to get a few good results so we can look up and not look down. I believe we’re going to climb but I wouldn’t have thought we’d be where we are.”

Perfect time for Washington to open account

Conor Washington was the striker chosen by QPR to fill the boots of now departed forward Austin, after arriving from Peterborough during the January transfer window, and he is 5/4 to open his account for his new employers anytime.

Queens Park Rangers v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship - Loftus Road

Meanwhile, fellow attacker Matt Phillips dispatched the winner in the recent 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town and he is 7/4 to follow that goal up with another anytime.

For Slavisa Jokanovic’s visitors, leading marksman McCormack is 8/1 to bag another brace or more against their fierce rivals, while sought-after starlet Dembele is 13/2 to open proceedings, having done so after just two minutes of action in the reverse fixture last year.


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Coral’s top tip: Back Conor Washington to score anytime for QPR at 5/4.

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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.