The Cottagers seemed on course for three points after Yakubu was sent off after twenty minutes, although Martin Jol’s team were unable to take advantage of having the extra man and found themselves 2-0 down at the start of the season half.
The 3-1 defeat leaves Fulham in 14th place and vulnerable to the teams at the foot of the table, especially if QPR start to improve under Mark Hughes. Therefore, a win on Saturday is important and bet365 (£200 free bets) offer even money that the west London side get the victory they desire.
Craven Cottage has not exactly been a fortress this season, with the Cottagers winning four of their ten home games, although their last two home matches have seen them triumph over Arsenal and Charlton Athletic.
Clint Dempsey continues to be a menace in midfield and the American has twelve goals for the season, so he probably rates as the best first goalscorer bet (6/1 Coral bookmakers) out of anyone.
Newcastle enjoyed a hard-fought 1-0 victory against QPR on Sunday which keeps them ticking nicely in the top half of the Premier League and the big negative against the Magpies is the fact that Demba Ba is on African Nations Cup duty.
However, Leon Best proved to be the match winner against Rangers and Alan Pardew’s side are generously priced at 11/4 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim victory in London.
The Tyneside club might be without Yohan Cabaye for this game, although they have managed to win four times on the road this season and the pressure will be off their shoulders.