Queens Park Rangers remain one of the sides to beat in the Championship.
The way the club have splashed cash in recent years, the fact that they were relegated from the Premier League last season despite bringing in an array of high-profile signings and that their manager is a man who formerly blasted footballs beyond Premier League goalkeepers for fun in his heyday makes them the type of club to be shot at from all angles. Beating QPR is one of enjoyment.
It should be a good game for Blues players to be involved. With thousands heading to Loftus Road at the weekend for the pure enjoyment of watching this fine Birmingham City outfit ply their trade in the second tier and to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our cup victory at Wembley over Arsenal. Obafemi Martins Day.
It may not prove to be the prettiest games. Neither side are the most confident in possession and a direct mantra has begun to provide dividends for both bosses, hopeful that their creative players and pacey wingers can produce a moment of brilliance to win the game.
The atmosphere should be wonderful in the away end. And victory is certainly not out of reach. Here’s the preview:
Queens Park Rangers could be without Argentinian Alejandro Faurlin who is suffering with a thigh problem.
Injuries are easing up slightly for QPR and they are confident Alex Smithies will be available despite suffering cuts to his face.
Jamie Mackie and Tjaronn Chery are hopeful of recalls.
Gary Rowett is hopeful that Jonathan Grounds is fit for the trip to West London as Blues look to make it a league double over relegated Queens Park Rangers.
David Cotterill and Jon Toral will be pressing for starting spots after being given half hour to impress against Bolton Wanderers in midweek.
Neal Eardley and Nicolai Brock-Madsen remain absentees.
Victory in midweek and Fabbrini’s fine performance means change is unlikely. Rowett will be aware of the strength of his bench.
Ryan Shotton, Michael Morrison, Paul Robinson, Jonathan Grounds;
Stephen Gleeson, Maikel Kieftenbeld;
Will Buckley, Diego Fabbrini, Jacques Maghoma;
Subs: Adam Legzdins; Paul Caddis, Jonathan Spector, David Davis, Jon Toral, David Cotterill, James Vaughan.
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