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Oct 16, 2021 at 12.30pm UK at Craven Cottage
FulhamFulham
4-1
QPRQueens Park Rangers
Mitrovic (10', 67'), Reid (71'), Robinson (90+1')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Dykes (55')
Ball (7'), Johansen (45'), Odubajo (63'), Dunne (70')

Preview: Fulham vs. Queens Park Rangers - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Fulham play host to London rivals Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon looking to retain their place in the top six of the Championship standings.

The home side hold just a two-point advantage over the Hoops, who make the short trip to Craven Cottage on the back of two successive wins.


Match preview

Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring against Swansea City in the Championship on September 29, 2021© Reuters

The Football Association decided during the international break that Fulham's 4-1 defeat at Coventry City was partly a consequence of Sky Blues forward Matt Godden cheating to earn a penalty.

However, despite that goal giving Coventry a 2-1 lead and plenty of momentum, Fulham head coach Marco Silva will still be concerned by how his team continued to capitulate after previously holding a half-time advantage.

The Portuguese will feel somewhat relieved that the Cottagers still sit in fifth position after three defeats in six matches, but he will recognise that they need to improve and fast.

Goals are not a problem for this team, the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Harry Wilson having 13 strikes and six assists between them since the start of August.

Nevertheless, Fulham's last league clean sheet came at the end of August, and Silva knows that the wait for another shutout cannot be prolonged if they want to remain in touch with the top two.

Queens Park Rangers (QPR) manager Mark Warburton pictured on September 24, 2021© Reuters

That especially rings true ahead of a game against a fellow promotion rival with QPR having overturned their poor run of form with back-to-back victories.

After blowing a lead at West Bromwich Albion, QPR have responded with success against Birmingham City and Preston North End at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

While things have not always gone swimmingly for his side this season, Mark Warburton will be satisfied that QPR are back in the playoff places at this stage of the season.

There will be a call to approach this game in isolation, but this rejuvenated squad will recognise the significance of landing another blow on their neighbours on away territory.

On the back of two crucial strikes for his country, Scotland international Lyndon Dykes has now contributed a goal or assist on his last four outings.

Fulham Championship form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L

Fulham form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L

Queens Park Rangers Championship form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Queens Park Rangers form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W



Team News

Fulham's Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on January 13, 2021© Reuters

Silva will almost certainly make numerous changes to his Fulham XI, handing recalls to the likes of Tosin Adarabioyo and Ivan Cavaleiro.

Joe Bryan could also replace Antonee Robinson with the latter having represented the United States on Wednesday night.

Jean-Michael Seri may get the nod over Josh Onomah in the centre of midfield.

Sam McCullum could return for QPR at left-back, providing that he has fully recovered from the hamstring injury that he sustained in September.

Charlie Austin is competing with Andre Gray for a place alongside Dykes, while Jordy de Wijs may get the nod over Jimmy Dunne.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Odoi, Mawson, Adarabioyo, Bryan; Seri, Reed; Wilson, Decordova-Reid, Cavaleiro; Mitrovic

Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Dieng; Dickie, De Wijs, Barbet; Odubajo, Ball, Johansen, McCullum; Chair; Dykes, Austin


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We say: Fulham 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

With Fulham having more players away on international duty, it remains to be seen whether their energy levels will be high enough to cope with a London derby. Nevertheless, they possess extra quality at both ends of the pitch, and we are backing a narrow triumph for the Cottagers.



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2Fulham1382329141526
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1374222111125
4Coventry CityCoventry137241916323
5Queens Park RangersQPR136342420421
6Huddersfield TownHuddersfield136341814421
7Stoke CityStoke136341614221
8Reading136162022-219
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10Middlesbrough135351513218
11Millwall134631314-118
12Blackpool135351518-318
13Blackburn RoversBlackburn134542117417
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest135261816217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541415-117
16Bristol City134451517-216
17Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd134361719-215
18Preston North EndPreston133641416-215
19Birmingham CityBirmingham133461016-613
20Peterborough UnitedPeterborough133281426-1211
21Cardiff CityCardiff133281224-1211
22Hull City13238919-109
23Barnsley13157717-108
24Derby CountyDerby13373910-14

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