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Fulham away at QPR ~ Match Preview

last updated Friday 24th February 2012, 12:42 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
"Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder". Hands up how many of you QPR and Fulham fans will be sharing John F Kennedy's kindly thoughts on the next-door neighbours! Very few!

The caring, sharing days when Rangers welcomed their west London rivals as tenants at Loftus Road are long gone. Between 2002 and 2004, Fulham owed QPR a debt of gratitude for letting them ground share during the redevelopment of Craven Cottage. There are few amicable feelings now.

Fulham supporters are likely to make their feelings known when they see Mark Hughes, who resigned after 11 months as manager of the Cottagers to "move on and further my experiences".

Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed's retort that Hughes had been a "flop" won't be forgotten by the Welshman, who has only lost one of seven meetings against clubs that he has previously managed.

Hughes badly needs a win. His new club has won once in 13 league games and, with five of the top six to play in their final eight games, Fulham must target at least seven points from their next four matches against QPR, Everton, Bolton and Sunderland.

Bobby Zamora, who faces his old side for the first time, and the other new signings have to hit the ground running. Martin Jol will publicly grieve for the loss of the player, but privately will welcome an end to stories of rifts. Russian new boy Pavel Pogrebnyak scored on his debut to ease discontent over Zamora's defection and, though their away form is traditionally dire, Fulham's run of just three league defeats in 10 games is steady.

It will be tight, tense and agitated. One thing is for sure; Sparky will be on fire and won't accept anything less than a home win. Relegation won't be on his agenda.


  • .This will be the first top-flight game Fulham have contested away to QPR. However, they have previously played Premier League games at Loftus Road, having ground shared with Rangers from 2002 to 2004 while Craven Cottage was redeveloped.

  • .In the two seasons they spent at Loftus Road, Fulham won 20 of 38 league games, losing 11.

  • .Fulham have won their last three games against QPR without conceding, and have kept clean sheets in their previous five matches against the Hoops.

  • .Rangers' last goal against Fulham came in their 3-1 win at Loftus Road in a Division Two game on 2 May 1983.

  • Fulham

  • .Rangers have won one of their last 13 top-flight matches, losing nine times.

  • .QPR have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 16 league matches - their longest ever Premier League run without a clean sheet. Their last shut-out came in a 1-0 win against Chelsea on 23 October.

  • .They have won only one of the 14 league matches this season in which they conceded the opening goal. The exception was their 3-2 win at Stoke on 19 November.

  • QPR

  • .Martin Jol's side have the worst away record in the division, claiming eight points from 12 games on the road.

  • .Their only win on their travels was a 2-0 victory at Wigan on 29 October.

  • .Fulham have lost two of eight league games (W3, D3, L2) since Boxing Day

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