Fresh from seeing his face plastered all over the news, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink must compose hismelf and send out a team capable of doing itself justice at Craven Cottage for the first time in over 30 years. Not since 1982 have the R’s returned from this ground with a point. In each of the last three visits, they’ve conceded three goals before half time.
Hasselbaink knows the feeling. His first west London derby last February went the same way, with the Cottagers racing into an unassailable 3-0 lead at Loftus Road from the 35-minute onwards. Needless to say, the onus will surely be on keeping things tight until the interval and taking it from there. Back the 0-0 half time score at 15/8.
Both teams raced out of the blocks in August but have regressed since the gear change that tends to follow the closing of the transfer window. Both teams come into this game winless in six and perhaps devoid of inspiration, and both are now showing negative shot data, despite a reasonably favourable schedule.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus
Somehow, though, a goalless draw doesn’t seem right. Craven Cottage hasn’t witnessed one - in the league - since August 2011 and even if the game starts at a slow tempo, it surely builds up to some sort of climax with bragging rights at stake. So let’s snub the 0-0 at 10/1 and take the 14/1 about the first goal time being 76-90 minutes instead.