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Match Preview ~ Fulham visit QPR ~ FA Cup Rnd3 20/21

last updated Friday 08th January 2021, 9:44 PM

Match Preview

Queens Park Rangers vrs Fulham

FA Cup 3rd Round 2021 at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Saturday 9th January 2021    KO: 15:00

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Live on BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport Website

Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
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QPR boss Mark Warburton
QPR boss
Mark Warburton
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Fulham and Queens Park Rangers meet in the FA Cup third round on Saturday afternoon with both clubs looking for a much-needed victory.

While Fulham have gone five games without success in the Premier League, QPR have recorded just one win in 12 fixtures in the Championship.

Having collected seven points from a six-game schedule which included Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool, Scott Parker will be content with how Fulham have performed in recent matches.

However, after fixtures with Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley were postponed, it remains to be seen whether the unexpected break and positive coronavirus cases will impact on their momentum.

Further down the line, the rest could work in Fulham's favour, but Parker must now weigh up the pros and cons of having to get his first-team players back up to speed.

Parker would have been planning to put out a second-string XI for this contest, something which will no longer occur given that it would leave key men without a game for nearly three weeks.

A balance will still need to be found, but the Cottagers boss will expect his squad to extend the club's recent upturn in form ahead of the upcoming derby with Chelsea.

Like the visitors, QPR are playing their first game of 2021, and the break would have been welcomed by Mark Warburton after eight fixtures in 29 days.

While just four points came from those encounters, QPR battled their way to an impressive point at Championship leaders Norwich City in their most recent contest.

The share of the spoils at Carrow Road was a welcome boost for Warburton, who finds himself under pressure with the club now sitting just above the relegation zone.

However, the 1-1 draw marked a ninth successive game where QPR have not conceded more than two goals, highlighting that responsibility should be on the team's attackers to lift the mood at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Source Darren Plant at SportsMole
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