Craven Cottage, Monday, 8pm, Sky Sports 1
FULHAM have won fewer points (eight) than any other side in Premier League London derbies this season but defeated Spurs in their last match.
Not even Nostradamus himself would have predicted Fulham stealing away from White Hart Lane with all the points on their last Premier League outing.
After all the Cottagers’ dubious record in derbies speaks for itself this season, including becoming the first members of an exclusive list of QPR’s league victims (there are only four to date) at Loftus Road back in December.
What that win at Spurs did do for Martin Jol’s side was relieve relegation fears by lifting them into 10th with a game in hand over most which could give cause for complacency.
However, for QPR, this really does represent the last chance saloon, and that extra determination may at least bring them a point.
Jermaine Jenas has scored in two successive appearances in the Premier League. On the last occasion he did this (February 2007) he went on to net in three successive games.
Cast aside by Spurs after many an injury-plagued season and two loan spells, Jenas is revelling in his switch across to west London.
The former England man has always been blessed with considerable talent but unfortunately not the body to consistently carry the fight. Still, none of that will matter to Harry Redknapp if Jenas can continue firing in goals to help lift QPR towards their dream of Premier League survival.
Alongside former stablemate Andros Townsend – on loan from White Hart Lane – the pair have breathed new life into the Hoops’ in the last two matches, both helping themselves to a pair of goals.
There have been just 13 goals scored in QPR’s eight Premier League London derbies this season – an average of 1.63 per game.
One of QPR’s many deficiencies this season has been their distinct lack of firepower, not helped it must be said by a series of injuries to their strikers.
The three goals Rangers scored in the recent 3-1 win over Sunderland at Loftus Road represented the first time they had actually managed to surpass the two-goal mark in the Premier League this season.
Although they have rectified that to a degree in recent matches, these London derbies are often tense affairs, especially where the R’s are concerned.
The Hoops have managed just three goals from four cross-capital ventures, and Jol’s side have notched only once across their last two Craven Cottage fixtures.
Lay Fulham to beat QPR @ 2.08
Back Jermaine Jenas to score @ 8.8
Back Under 2.5 goals @ 1.98