Hughes was supposed to be someone who would improve results after the team struggled in the Premier League under Neil Warnock, although QPR now badly need to get three points against a Fulham team that will be highly motivated for their game at Loftus Road.
Twelve months ago, Hughes and Bobby Zamora were on the books at Craven Cottage and the visitors will be hoping to complete a double in this west London derby after running riot earlier in the season and winning by a 6-0 scoreline.
The bookies make QPR slight favourites at 13/8 (Bet365 £200 free bets) and they were firmly in the driving seat during their last home game against Wolves before Djibril Cisse inexplicably got himself sent off.
Cisse remains suspended for this encounter, although Zamora will definitely play and he is a 6/1 chance (Paddy Power free bets) to score the first goal of the game. Heidar Helguson is likely to also start and can be backed at 7/1.
Fulham are not a great team to bet on when it comes to away games, with Martin Jol’s team having won just one of their twelve matches in the Premier League on the road. Therefore, perhaps the best price 7/4 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) about a win for the Cottagers isn’t quite big enough to be value.
Hughes will settle for a hard-fought 1-0 win to help ease his team’s relegation fears and Coral are being adventurous with their 8/1 quote about that scoreline occurring.