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  • 15 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
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QPR - Fulham Preview: Redknapp goes into west London derby still looking for first win

Martin Jol's side travel to Loftus Road looking to achieve back-to-back league wins for the first time since September, with the Hoops two points adrift at the bottom of the table

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR
QPR
Green
Bosingwa, Nelsen, Hill, Traore
Wright-Phillips, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt
Mackie, Cisse
FULHAM
  Fulham
Schwarzer
Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic
Berbatov, Rodallega

Harry Redknapp welcomes Fulham to Loftus Road without long-term absentees Andy Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (thigh), neither of whom are expected back until well into the New Year.

Brazil international Julio Cesar (groin) is also a major doubt for the home side, which means Robert Green is likely to retain his place in goal.

Fulham, meanwhile, are likely to be missing Bryan Ruiz (hamstring), while Wales international Simon Davies (neck) remains unavailable until January. 

Skipper Brede Hangeland made a welcome return from his three-match suspension in Monday's win over Newcastle, and will keep his place in defence.

Mahamadou Diarra requires painkilling injections in order to be fit, and may not be risked ahead of the busy winter period.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • After failing to defeat Wigan last weekend, QPR set a Premier League record for the longest winless run at the start of a campaign, with 16 games.
  • Harry Redknapp, commonly seen to be a 'wheeler dealer' in the transfer market, oversaw the signing of 25 senior players over seven transfer windows during his time as manager of Tottenham. During Martin Jol's time as Spurs boss, the club acquired the same number of players in the same number of windows.
  • Put together, the two clubs' squads boast 12 Premier League winners' medals, while QPR's squad alone contains four Champions League winners.
  • In Mark Schwarzer, Steve Sidwell, Sascha Riether and Aaron Hughes, Fulham have four players who have featured in every league game so far this term. QPR, by contrast, do not have any.
  • Without their captain Brede Hangeland (pictured right) this season, Fulham have earned an average of 0.33 points per game. With the Norwegian in the side, they have averaged 1.54.
  • Martin Jol's side have won almost double the number of points in the season's first eight league games (13), than they have in the eight fixtures since (seven). They are 14/1 to win 2-0 with bet365.

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Available Squads
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
6Clint HillDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
12Jamie MackieStriker
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
23Junior HoilettStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
16Damien DuffMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
31Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
10Mladen PetricStriker
Players to Watch
Jamie Mackie
Jamie Mackie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The ex-Plymouth forward does not boast many frills to his game, but his directness and muscularity will keep any defence on its toes, and Mackie has scored half of his team's last four goals - including the opener at Old Trafford. A selfless and willing runner, the 27-year-old will be relied upon to cause upset amongst a robust Fulham backline, should his fellow attackers undergo one of their many off-days.

Steve Sidwell
Steve Sidwell
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

Against a QPR midfield lacking any real cohesion or continuity, Sidwell will be eager to pick up where he left off in an impressive display against Newcastle last time out. In the continued absence of Ruiz, Sidwell may take it upon himself to carry on his adventurousness, and could make for a smart outside bet to get on the scoresheet.

Prediction
QPR may be unbeaten in their last three fixtures, but their defence remains porous and the side lacks both quality and decisiveness going forward. They may well find a way through Fulham's backline on Saturday, but all signs point towards the visitors outscoring their hosts.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 1
Fulham 3

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