QPR vs Fulham preview: Visitors look for first win since football's return to consolodate play-off spot
Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham reacts after missing a shot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on June 27, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

After suffering two defeats since footballs return, Fulham will be looking to end their miserable return to action. 

Fulham's automatic promotion hopes ended after they suffered a 3-0 loss to Leeds United and now sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship with 64 points. Despite this, they'll look to consolidate their position in the play-off spots with a win at Loftus Road. 

QPR have also failed to win since their return to action and sit 14th with 50 points. 

Key Battles

Eberechi Eze will be key for QPR spoiling the party for Fulham, the midfielder has managed 12 goals and eight assists so far this campaign. Fulham captain Tom Cairney will look to contain Eze and protect the back four from the potent QPR attack.

Previous Meetings

In their previous five meetings, Fulham have managed two wins, a draw and a loss to QPR. With their most recent victory coming in November as the Lillywhites emerged the victors in a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage. 

Jordan Hugill opened the scoring within three minutes at the Cottage, tapping home a cross which Denis Odoi failed to clear off the line. 

It only took Fulham till the 27th minute to equalize as Aboubakar Kamara headed on Odoi's cross from the right wing. 

Stefan Johansen capitalized on a poor clearance from Joe Lumley and set up Kamara for his second of the day as he coolly put Fulham ahead. 

Team News

Mark Warburton's side have made it through their last game against Charlton Athletic without any injuries.

Fulham's Alexander Mitrović will miss the clash as retrospective action handed the Serbian a three match ban for elbowing Leeds' Ben White.

Mitrovic is the Championships joint top scorer so far with 23 goals.  They will also be without Neeskens Kebano who was sent off in the 91st minute against Leeds.

Predicted Line-ups

QPR XI: Kelly; Kane, Barbet, Masterson, Manning; Cameron, Amos; Samuel, Chair, Eze; Hugill. 

Fulham XI: Rodak; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Reed, Cairney; Knockaert, Reid, Cavaleiro; Mitrovic.

Managers Thoughts

Warburton will be hoping for a better performance than the R's last, as they suffered a 1-0 loss away to Charlton:

"We were nervous and hesitant, and didn’t display the energy that we have to display week in, week out.

“If you are slightly below it as a team, as an individual or as a unit you are going to pay the price.”

Scott Parker says despite the disappointing result against Leeds, he feels his side performed well and will look to regain momentum at Loftus Road:

"We expected to go to there (Elland Road) and get a result, for large parts of the game I thought we played exceptionally well.

"We need to pick up some momentum, before lockdown it was with us. We were in a good place, coming back from the lockdown we've had two defeats which have been very disappointing. We need to try and pick up three points and that momentum again."

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