QPR v Fulham- Match Preview

Brede Hangeland Fulham DefenderHarry Redknapp is still looking for that first win as QPR and his side’s first Premier League victory of the season. You would not blame some supporters for thinking it may never come at this rate.

The R’s are currently in their supposedly easier run of fixtures and it is about to get a whole lot harder for them to pick up results very soon.

Martin Jol’s Fulham travel to Loftus Road looking to secure back to back wins for the first time since September.

Fulham have too been on the decline recently and a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Monday to take them to 20 points was a welcome relief to halt the slide.

They secured nearly double the point’s return in the first eight games of 13 compared to the next eight games of just 7 points.

Redknapp still has to contend without two of his main strikers in Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora with both out for the long term till the New Year with knee and thigh injuries.

Julio Cesar still hasn’t been able to shake off his groin injury either which is why Robert Green is expected to maintain his place in the starting XI in goal.

Fulham have a few absentees too Bryan Ruiz (hamstring) and Simon Davies (neck) remain out till at least January. Brede Hangeland made a successful return from suspension on Monday and will retain his place in the side. A last minute decision is due on Mahamadou Diarra with the midfielder needing a painkilling injection to play, so the midfielder may not be risked ahead of a busy festive period.

The Cottagers have earned an average of 0.33 points per game without Hangeland in their team. With the Norwegian in the side, they have averaged 1.54.

The return of the influential defender could prove pivotal to a Fulham revival as it did on Monday.

Prediction: QPR 2-1 Fulham