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Birmingham City v QPR - Match Preview

Birmingham City
vs.
QPR

St. Andrew's

18/02/2017

15:00

The Blues have won just one of their last six league meetings with the Hoops (D1 L4), failing to score in each defeat.

However, QPR have won just one of their last 10 league visits to St. Andrew`s (D2 L7), last doing so in March 2014 (2-0).

Birmingham City have won just six points in 11 games under Gianfranco Zola (W1 D3 L7) - only Bristol City (five points) have won fewer since his appointment on December 14th 2016 and they have played one game fewer than the Blues.

QPR have accumulated 14 points in 15 league games under Ian Holloway; 0.93 points per game. Before his arrival, they averaged 1.25 points per game (20 in 16 games).

QPR have kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 games in all competitions (1-0 v Reading).

QPR have won more Championship away games this season (5) than they did in 2015/16 (4).

QPR have won more points away from home in the Championship this season (18) than they have at Loftus Road (16).

Birmingham City Team News:

Birmingham will be without the injured Jacques Maghoma and suspended duo David Davis and Craig Gardner.

Possible line up:

KUSZCZAK

NSUE - ROBINSON - GROUNDS - KEITA

TESCHE - GLEESON - KIEFTENBELD - FREI

ADAMS - JUTKIEWICZ


Player to watch: -

QPR Team News:

Joel Lynch and Ravel Morrison face late fitness tests.

Possible line up:

SMITHIES

PERCH - ONUOHA - HALL - BIDWELL

MANNING - LUONGO - FREEMAN

WSZOLEK - WASHINGTON - MACKIE


Player to watch: -

Match Facts & Stats

HEAD 2 HEAD

Birmingham: 22
QPR : 18
Draws: 14



LAST TIME OUT

Championship - 24/09/16
Loftus Road

QPR 1 (Caulker)
Birmingham 1 (Jutkiewicz)

Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Hall, Onuoha, Caulker, Borysiuk, Cousins (Wszolek), Chery, Luongo, Shodipo (Polter), Sylla.

Attendance: 13,693

Ref Watch:

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistants: Paul Hodskinson and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: John Busby

Andy Davies is the match official for Saturday`s clash with the Blues. This season, Davies issued 99 yellow cards and 4 red cards in 27 games.

Match Prediction:


0-0 Bore draw

Next Fixture

Who: Wigan
Where: Loftus Road
When: 21/02/2017


Writer:JackSupple
Date:Friday February 17 2017
Time: 4:46PM

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