Though both sides would consider Chelsea as their traditional rivals in west London, Fulham and QPR are closer to each not only geographically but perhaps in footballing terms as well.
The first ever derby game between these two sides in the top flight of the English game sees the Cottagers still looking for their first league win of the season, while teh Super Hoops attempt to make it three victories out of four on their travels.
In their last away game, the R’s were hugely impressive in overcoming Wolves 3-0 at Molineux and will fancy their chances against their neighbours, who will be desperate for a win to kick-start a season which began back in June with the ludicrously lengthy qualifying process for the Europa League.
Arguably the star performer for Rangers so far has been Shaun Wright-Philips, with the winger having recaptured not only form, but a zest and enjoyment for the game which has seen him trouble defences wherever he has played.
Now all he needs to do is to start getting a few goals, and backing him at 13/4 to score at any time at Craven Cottage looks like it offers some genuine value, while the 12/1 available for him to open the scoring looks positively generous.
A more natural goal-scorer than Wright-Philips is the man whose name seems to constantly require the prefix mercurial, Adel Taarabt.
In football mercurial tends to mean “a bit of a nightmare” but last season Neil Warnock managed to get the best out of the wayward Moroccan as he fired in 19 goals and captained the side to promotion.
He may have lost the skipper’s arm-band to Joey Barton, but he has not lost his eye for goal, as displayed last week at home to Aston Villa when his beautiful shimmy and shot 25 yards out was prevented from producing an early contender for goal of the season by the woodwork.
Taarabt is yet to score in seven matches he has featured in so far this campaign, but it is hard to envisage that run continuing, so the smart money could well go on backing him to score at any time against Fulham at 2/1.
The Cottagers, meanwhile, have hitherto found goals hard to come by, managing just four in the Premier League. Two of those have come from Bobby Zamora and with new Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz enduring what can only be described as an underwhelming start to life in England, those fancying Fulham to open the scoring should back Zamora to do so at 11/2.
However, if you are looking for a long shot for your spare change you could do worse than back Brede Hangeland to score first. The big centre back netted seven times in all competitions last season and is worth considering at 18/1.
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