3 ways you should back Fulham for derby day victory over QPR

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After a disappointing start to the season, Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham are now back up-and-running. They’ve taken 11 points from the last six games, recording away wins at Ipswich and Nottingham Forest along the way.

They head to Loftus Road on Friday night for a West London derby against Queen’s Park Rangers.

For their part, The R’s are without a win in four. That’s included underwhelming home draws against 10-man Millwall and Burton Albion.

Having won seven of their past ten meetings against this opposition, Fulham look good for victory at 23/20. But the best value on the Cottagers could lie in the bets below…

Visitors to edge entertaining clash

Five of the last six clashes between the West London rivals have seen both sides find the net, including Fulham’s 3-1 victory at Loftus Road in 2016.

As for the visitors, they outscored every other Championship side on the road last season, recording 40 goals in 23 away games. Only champions Newcastle United managed more points, with the Cottagers winning more than half of their games on the road.

However, while we’re backing Jokanovic’s men for another away day triumph, chances are they’ll concede along the way. They’ve made it nervy for fans by shipping at least one goal in four of their past five league wins on the road. As for QPR, they’ve only drawn a blank twice this season.

Best Bet: Fulham to Win and Both Teams to Score @ 11/4

Norwegian ace could be key to victory

It’s no coincidence that Fulham’s recent good form has dovetailed with some superb displays from Stefan Johansen. The former Celtic man netted vital goals in the recent wins over Hull City and Forest, as well as setting up Oliver Norwood’s strike at Burton Albion.

But any idea the Norway international’s recent goals are a flash in the pan is disproved by last season’s stats. The midfielder netted in 10 of the Cottager’s 27 league games from December onwards, with more than half of those coming away from home.

With Ian Holloway’s men managing a solitary clean sheet in their past 10 matches, bagging a goal at Loftus Road should be one of his easier assignments this term.

Best Bet: Stefan Johansen to Score Anytime @ 12/5

Cottagers could take it by a couple of goals

When Fulham were on form last season, they simply ran riot. Of the Cottagers’ 22 Championship victories, 14 came by two or more goals. That included away wins at high-fliers like Newcastle (3-1), Huddersfield Town (4-1) and Norwich City (3-1).

Having also breezed past Forest on their last away assignment, those electric displays are showing no sign of letting up.

As for the R’s, they’ve already been on the end of a few comprehensive losses this term, including a 4-1 pasting on their own patch by another West London outfit – Brentford.

That all suggests that if Fulham win here, they could well rack up the goals in the process.

Best Bet: Fulham -1 @ 3/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.