Fulham vs QPR by Hassy
QPR have been a team frustrated recently, with two draws and a loss the fruits of their labour from the last three games.
The Cottagers have found their form in front of goal in the league, netting seven times in the last three games with star striker Ross McCormack among the scorers.
They have struggled at the other end though and not managed a clean sheet yet in any of their eight league games. Three home league games this season have produced a defeat to leaders Brighton then a draw with Huddersfield before victory over Blackburn. Fulham will be looking for a return to winning ways following their narrow 3-2 loss away to Sheffield Wednesday last week, however have lost just once at home this season. It is well worth noting that in the host's last eight games five have ended in over 2.5 goals so scoring has never been a problem for Fulham.
With Matt Smith injured, Fulham boss Symons has a tough choice of who to partner Ross McCormack with up front. Moussa Dembele and Cauley Woodrow have rotated in recent matches and the latter might feel he should be the one to start on Friday given his two goals in three league matches this season. Fulham defender Jazz Richards is expected to miss the west London derby against Queens Park Rangers but fellow right-back Ryan Fredericks is fit.
Midfielders Jamie O'Hara and Tom Cairney return after sitting out the League Cup defeat by Stoke in midweek. Scott Parker and Luke Garbutt are back in training but will not feature.
We saw Chris Ramsey's side lose 2-1 at home to Forest in front of the cameras a couple of weeks ago to end a run of three wins on the spin. Since then a patchy 2-2 draw at home to Blackburn was followed which was the fifth time in 8 games that QPR's matches went to over 2.5 goals.
In Charlie Austin, Rangers possess the league's top marksman and his lead at the top of the scoring charts was extended yesterday, even though QPR were not playing. Austin's goals have helped QPR to the top of the attack league with 14 goals in eight matches, but they have been far from watertight at the other end - only bottom two sides Bristol City and Rotherham United (both 17) have conceded more goals than QPR (13).
Tonight could see the first appearance of the season for QPR midfielder Leroy Fer, who has been out with a knee injury since the end of last season. The Dutchman is unlikely to start, but could be named on the bench, with Ramsey likely to name a similar side to the one that started at Hull last weekend.
This game pits two of the best attacking units against two of the worst defensive units in the division. Fulham have seen 70% of their home games go over 2.5 goals and both teams have scored in all their games. Added to this, Charlie Austin is a Premier League striker playing in the Championship and you have to fancy him to get his name on the scoresheet each time he pulls on the Hoops shirt this season. I will back over 2.5 goals in this match and it is also worth checking the Odds on Austin to score anytime as he has scored in both QPR's televised matches this season already.
|Over 2.5 Goals||Pinnacle||1.98||7||4-0 WON (+6.86 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.