Fulham (17th) Vs QPR (10th)
Fulham have had a disappointing start to the season and will be wary of a confident QPR side that have excelled in recent weeks. Neil Warnock will be hopeful that Fulham’s exertions in the Europa League will give his troops a distinct advantage come Sunday afternoon.
Martin Jol’s men will be boosted by the return to action of both Bobby Zamora and Mousa Dembele, who were laid low through sickness. Aaron Hughes (knee) should also feature having returned to training on Friday afternoon whilst defender Matthew Briggs (bruised ankle/knee) will be assessed prior to Sunday’s match.
“Matthew Briggs has a bruised ankle and knee after last night’s game, so we’ll have to make an assessment tomorrow,” said Jol. The Fulham manager will be delighted to have his most coveted players fighting fit for this one, and will be confident of a return to winning ways at the Cottage.
QPR will tackle their first local derby of the season brimming with confidence, after a more than competent start to the season. Manager Neil Warnock may have to reshuffle his pack somewhat however, with Armand Traore (suspension) and Jamie Mackie (leg fracture) definitely out, whilst long-term absentee Kieron Dyer remains sidelined. The QPR boss epitomises the confidence running through his charges:
“I’ve definitely never been to Fulham with a team like this.” he said.
The respect for QPR’s burgeoning squad can be seen through Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu:
“They’ve made some very important, strong signings with Premier League experience.
“If they keep their players fit I’m sure they’ll be fine.”
An entertaining clash awaits at the Cottage, owe to Fulham’s excellent home record, they should get their season back on track with a hard fought victory, against an ever improving QPR outfit.