Fulham

V

Craven Cottage

17/03/2018 | 12:30 pm

Queens Park Rangers

V

Craven Cottage

17/03/2018 | 12:30 pm

In a sentence: Fulham are sitting comfortably in the play-offs while QPR are safe in mid-table, London pride is a stake as we look ahead to the game in this Championship preview.

Last time: Fulham took the points at Loftus Road after claiming a 2-1 win. An own goal gave The Cottagers the lead before Stefan Johansen added a second late on.

This time: Fulham are 4/7 with QPR at 9/2 and its 3/1 for the draw.

You might remember: A five-goal thriller at Craven Cottage in April 2015 when these sides were opponents in the Premier League. Fulham were three up by halftime with Dimitar Berbatov scoring twice. QPR responded early in the second half but were unable to complete a comeback.

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Betting Tips and Predictions

Fulham have turned Craven Cottage into more like a fortress this season

Fulham have 16 points from the last 18 available and are only second to Cardiff in the form table and in recent weeks  have been in everyone’s football betting tips for the weekend. Visitors QPR are on a little run themselves, undefeated in three with two wins and draw. Their latest victory was a shock 3-1 away win over another side chasing promotion in the shape of Aston Villa. That win for The Hoops would have upset a few accumulators and would not have been in many fans’ Championship predictions prior to kick-off.

Craven Cottage has become something of a fortress in recent months. It is 10 games without defeat on home soil, including nine wins on the spin. Fulham’s last five home games have seen no goals conceded and score an average of three goals a game. As far as football predictions go, a Fulham home win has been a banker since November. The home side are 4/7 to make it 10 consecutive home victories.

Visitors QPR have not had the best time on the road this season but that fantastic win at Villa Park will give them a huge boost in confidence. Consecutive away wins is not something the R’s have managed this season, they are a big 9/2 to make that happen this weekend. The form guide says an away win is unlikely, but Ian Holloway’s men have proven how difficult Championship predictions can be with their midweek showing.

The draw appears an unlikely football prediction here, these two has mustered just three draws between them in their last 20 league fixtures. It is 3/1 for them to add to that Saturday.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is in red-hot form and is favourite for the game’s first goal 10/3. Fulham top scorer Ryan Sessegnon is 9/2 to break the deadlock. Ryan Manning opened the scoring in QPR’s last game, he is 25/1 to do the same again. Matt Smith is The R’s best placed attacker to score first at 17/2.

Match Summary

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Look out for

Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian hit-man has seven goals in his last five games and will be confident of adding to that tally in this one. Mitrovic is 5/6 to score anytime, 7/2 to score two or more and its 14/1 for him to claim a hat-trick.

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We fancy

One of our top free football betting tips for this game is a home win and over 3.5 goals at 9/4. Fulham are the division’s second highest scorers and have not been afraid of hitting the net in front of their home fans recently.

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It’s a long shot, but

Stefan Johansen scored for Fulham in the reverse fixture, it is 75/1 for him to score and the home side to win 3-1. At those odds it’s one of the football score predictions worth considering.

Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.