EFL: QPR vs FFC



QPR 18:30 Fulham 

The teams from West London, Queens Park Rangers and Fulham met at Loftus Road on Tuesday night to look for the first point since the Championship season began again.


Fulham's hopes of direct promotion were all but ended after a reverse defeat, while neighbors QPR fell to the bottom half of the table after losing the last 2 matches.

Seven points from three rounds before a three-month hiatus helped Fulham be in a good position to chase West Bromwich Albion for a place in 2 to advance directly. However, since the season started again a week ago, the team has suffered a 2-0 loss to Brentford and a crushing defeat to the top team Leeds United 0-3 at home. From only 1 point behind Leeds but now Fulham is 10 points behind the top and 7 points behind West Brom in the second position. Indeed, with Brentford leaping to 3rd place and the chase approaching, Scott Parker's army will now focus on the play-off phase. The home side had no injury or suspended at the match in The Valley, Todd Kane and Luke Amos came out for QPR from the bench in a disappointing defeat to Charlton and could return to Fulham.

Fulham at least have a goal to chalk, unlike their other local rivals at QPR, who are currently out of the playoffs and 8 points above the relegation zone. Now it's a case of jostling for mid-table position for Mark Warburton's side after a 1-0 defeat to Barnsley and Charlton Athletic. The biggest disappointment for Warburton is that QPR was motivated before football stalled in March, winning 3 and drawing 3 of the last 6 matches before the covid pandemic was delayed. Failure to score in defeats against Barnsley and Charlton will be of particular concern, although the same is true for the shy Fulham after shooting in consecutive matches. Fulham are currently not winning in 4 away games, drawing 3 of them, they only lost 2 of the last 15 meetings with QPR, The most recent was a 2-1 victory in the first leg in November thanks to a double from Aboubakar Kamara. Coach Parker will be desperate to get Alexanderar Mitrovic - the team's top scorer with 23 goals - back after 4 games without goals.


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