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Preview: Fulham v Queens Park Rangers

A look ahead of Monday night's West London derby against Queens Park Rangers

Paul Gilham

Having just witnessed an out-of-character performance away at Spurs, bagging a deserved but unexpected three points, Fulham fans will be aware of the possibility of capitulating in next week's home fixture against QPR.

On paper it would be hard to look past a home win, but of course games aren’t played on paper and given the fact it’s a derby against a team amid a relegation dogfight, it will no doubt be played like a cup final.

I’d like to think, considering the disappointing away performance at Rangers this season, that Jol’s boys will be right up for this one and will bring the bragging rights back to SW6.

Of late the team have shown signs of progression, adapting to the style deployed by the manager. Consistency too has been integral in our bid to finish strongly, with Ashkan Dejagah deservedly staking a claim to the first team, patching, alongside the industrious pairing of Steve Sidwell and Girogos Karagounis, the midfield void still in repair since the departure of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele and absence of Mahamadou Diarra.

While it seems the squad have all but secured our Premier League status for another year, consecutive away games and tough fixtures against Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and that dreaded trip to Goodison Park are on the horizon. It is therefore vital that we capitalise on our home advantage and make the most of the rivalry while we still can.

The atmosphere will no doubt be intensified by the occasion, and of course, the novelty of a floodlit pitch, and with no fresh injuries to report lets hope the boys make the most of it and present us with something memorable, like they did at Spurs, in what has been a rather uneventful season for The Whites.

Score Prediction: Fulham 3 QPR 1