Fulham’s televised trip to Brentford earmarks the return of the Championship from a third international hibernation of the campaign and a fantastic price can be had backing the visitors.
The Cottagers are available at 39/20 to prevail at the Bees’ hive, where they’ve won once already this season in the Capital One Cup.
Mark Warburton’s drones assume 13/10 favouritism to prevail, while it’s 9/4 about the draw.
Both bets, however, can be disregarded in favour of a wager on the underdogs, whose record in inter west London affairs is particularly laudable.
Fulham’s victory at Griffin Park earlier in the piece epitomises just how good Kit Symons men are against their neighbours.
Prior to toppling Brentford, they’d lost four on the spin under the instruction of Clown University professor Felix Magath, who then failed to win the three matches that followed before being sacked.
This prevalent uselessness didn’t prevent the Cottagers besting a Bees side that’s lost just one other home game since.
Given the gulf in finances and, more importantly, quality between our heroes and their most prestigious local foes, Chelsea, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the Cottagers to succumb to their huffing and puffing on a regular basis.
True, they did come off second best in their previous three tussles with the Blues, but prior to that they avoided defeat in five successive renewals.
Then there’s QPR to consider.
The Super Hoops have been unable to even score a goal in six of their last eight dust ups with the men from Craven Cottage, who have emerged victorious in all but two duels across this period.
With no league loss in six, Fulham can couple this stellar derby record with excellent current form and look very much worth the money at a smidge short of 2/1.