QPR v Fulham: fast improvement essential for Hughes’ men


QPR need to improve quickly in order to drag themselves away from relegation danger, and they can start by disposing of London rivals Fulham at 6/4 at Loftus Road.

Their visitors have a dismal record on the road, and are priced at 7/4 to collect what would be only a second away victory of the season at a ground they once shared.

You can get 23/10 about the draw, which may appeal to some punters, particularly those who take into consideration that the travelling side have drawn more than a third of their league matches this season.

Fulham did in fact inflict QPR’s heaviest defeat of the season on them back in October, when they triumphed 6-0 in the Craven Cottage clash, and the Rs will be keen to avenge that embarrassment, particularly with the threat of relegation looming large at the business end of the season.

Bobby Zamora was one of Fulham’s chief tormentors that day, scoring and assisting, but he has switched allegiances since and is a tempting 5/1 to score first for QPR against his former employers.

Clint Dempsey has taken the mantle as Fulham’s talisman, and the American striker poses the visitors’ main threat at 6/1 to get the opener.

As both sides are relative low scorers, each averaging little more than a goal per game, a low-scoring game could be in prospect.

7/1 odds on a 1-0 home win look appealing with this in mind, while the 10/1 for a 2-1 QPR victory could also tempt some punters.

The home side have led in four of their 12 home games so far this season, and have gone into the break at least level on nine occasions.

Therefore, 16/5 on QPR to be leading at half-time and full-time looks massive, as does the 5/1 on offer for a stalemate after 45 minutes, and a home win by the final whistle.