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  • 25 February 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 18015
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QPR - Fulham Preview: Hosts looking for first win in over a month

Bobby Zamora makes his first appearance against the Craven Cottage club since leaving in January as the hosts look to add to their haul of only 21 points this season

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
QPR


Kenny
Young, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Taiwo
Mackie, Barton, Buzsaky, Wright-Phillips
Zamora, Macheda
FULHAM


Stockdale
Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Etuhu, Murphy
Ruiz, Dempsey, Dembele
Pogrebnyak

Bobby Zamora is likely to start against the team he left in January with Djibril Cisse still serving a three-match suspension. He could be partnered by Federico Macheda, with Heidar Helguson coming back from a groin injury and DJ Campbell suffering from a hamstring ailment.

Fulham are likely to have an almost-full strength side for their short trip to Loftus Road, but Steve Sidwell is a doubt and could be replaced by Dickson Etuhu.

Martin Jol is likely to favour an attacking line-up and go with a combination of Bryan Ruiz, Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele behind either Pavel Pogrebnyak or Andrew Johnson up front.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR's last win was against Wigan over a month ago.
  • The hosts have taken just four points from their last six games, while Fulham have taken 10 in the same period.
  • Bobby Zamora (pictured right) scored against QPR in Fulham's 6-0 win over the R's earlier in the season.
  • Fulham have beaten QPR 11 times in their history in the league and cup, while the hosts have been victorious on 12 occasions, with five draws between the pair.
  • The last meeting between the two sides at Loftus Road was over 11 years ago, Fulham winning the match 2-0.
  • QPR's biggest ever win against their west London rivals is only 3-0, while Fulham have notched five or more goals against the Hoops on three occasions.
  • Clint Dempsey is Fulham's top goalscorer so far this term with 16 goals, while QPR's Bobby Zamora chipped in with seven goals while still at Craven Cottage.
  • QPR's main hitman so far has been Heidar Helguson with nine goals.
  • Joey Barton has the worst discilplinary record of either team so far this season with six yellow cards and one red, though Danny Murphy has eight yellows to his name this term.

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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
3Taye TaiwoDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
19Danny GabbidonDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
9Jay BothroydStriker
14Tommy SmithStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
30Mousa DembeleStriker
-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
6Chris BairdDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
16Damien DuffMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
9Orlando SáStriker
Players to Watch
B. Zamora
B. Zamora
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The game marks the first time Zamora faces his former club since leaving in January, and he'll certainly be in for some rough treatment from the visiting fans.

Those supporters will know as well as anyone however that the forward can really be a handful for any defence, and Brede Hangeland will have to be on his toes.
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Russian striker scored on his Premier League debut against Stoke in Fulham's last game, and comes to England with a good reputation in both the Russian and German leagues.

What better way to exorcise the ghost of Zamora than a winning goal here?
Prediction
The biggest talking point of this match will no doubt surround Bobby Zamora plays against his former club if selected by Mark Hughes.

However, whilst QPR can definitely cause a threat to this Fulham side, if the visitors play to the best of their abilities, it should be a win for Martin Jol's team.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 1
Fulham 2

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