West London derby: Fulham vs QPR
The FA Cup always throws up a surprise or two and this season’s offering has been no different. Can Walsall avoid being the latest EFL scalp to fall at the hands of a non-league outfit? Have a read of our preview here:
Fulham still have some convincing to do
Everybody understands the merits of the Fulham squad, a side that were relegated from the Premier League only last season. They have, in Aleksander Mitrovic, the best striker at this level with 12 goals already and should be punching higher than their current position of 7th but lack the consistency needed.
Their last six matches read DLWDLW which tells its own story.
If Scott Parker can figure out how to get the best from a group that includes Anthony Knockaert, Tom Cairney and Bobby Reid then the Cottagers will have every chance of closing the five-point gap between themselves and the top two but they’ll have to see off QPR first.
Eze on the eye
Ebere Eze is a player to keep an eye on. The talented midfielder has run the show at Loftus Road this season with some scintillating displays.
His languid appearance hides an ability that has seen him score six times from midfield while laying on another four.
He glides past opponents and has great vision, composure and pace. This young man is going places and while he is at QPR they just might go with him.
Mark Warburton has got the best out of his side so far and deserves huge for the mid-table position the club finds themselves in.
All’s well that end Wells
Just to highlight the job Warburton is doing, Nakhi Wells has netted eight times for the Super Hoops this season which, after 14 games, is only two away from the last prolific season he had in 2016-17 with Huddersfield.
The 29-year-old has linked up well with Jordan Hugill who has netted seven times himself. The pair have fired QPR away from the danger zone, which is where most people expected them to be this season and given their supporters a real sense of hope after all a win against Fulham would see them leapfrog their rivals in the table – not something anyone was expecting to happen in 2019-20.
Fulham vs QPR betting tip
Fulham have not yet proven they are solid enough at the back this season to consider them automatic promotion contenders despite having an array of attacking talent. QPR have netted twice in three of the last five but have also conceded 11 times in those games there for going with over 2.5 goals at odds of 8/13 appears a good bet here.