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QPR v Fulham: Redknapp’s men set for another stalemate

| 14.12.2012

QPR remain in search of their first Premier League win of the season, and are 7/5 to get it this weekend when welcoming Fulham to Loftus Road.

However, achieving that elusive first victory will be no mean feat against a side that once called Loftus Road home too.

Local rivals Fulham won both meetings between the pair last season, and are 15/8 to register what would be a fifth consecutive success over the Rs.

But the draw looks the best bet here at 23/10, considering the home side have finished level in all of Harry Redknapp’s three games in charge so far.

The pair have also played out 12 stalemates between them this season, with nobody drawing more home games than QPR, and only Norwich recording more away stalemates than Fulham.

Even if the match is to end level though, that is not to say an eventful clash is not in prospect at Loftus Road this Saturday.

Both teams have most regularly participated in score draws this term, and that looks a very plausible outcome again at 3/1.

Neither side have the best defensive record for the campaign, having shipped 56 goals between them thus far, and so the 8/13 about both teams scoring massively appeals too.

And in terms of scoreline betting, a punt on a 2-2 draw could prove profitable, especially in light of the hosts’ last match ending in this result.

It is 12/1 about the 2-2 draw, whilst the 9/1 odds for a stalemate featuring over 2.5 goals looks great value too, bearing in mind the fragility of either defence.

The attacking department is undoubtedly where either side excels, and Redknapp could have a difficult decision to make regarding his team selection this weekend.

He may look to Djibril Cisse, who scored from the bench in his last outing, to spark the Rs into life, with the Frenchman 11/2 favourite to hit the opener here.

Jamie Mackie has been in good form for the Hoops as well though, and could see support at 6/1 to breach the Cottagers backline first.

Whilst Dimitar Berbatov can never be discounted for the visitors, and also available at 6/1, he looks a hefty price to break the deadlock on Saturday.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee