A winless Blues side will try to impress the crowd at St. Andrew’s this afternoon in what could finally be our first victory of the new campaign, as we take on a Queens Park Rangers side trying to pick themselves up after a poor run of form.
Garry Monk’s men have had good performances this season, and some of them have certainly been worthy of taking all 3 points, yet the results just aren’t coming in, as we have had to settle for 3 draws and 2 losses in our opening five clashes. Our last game against Forest looked like we were surely going to get the much needed first win when Che Adams doubled the lead. But the pressure got to us as a late equaliser from Daryl Murphy meant we had to leave the City Ground with a point going to each side.
New goalkeeper Lee Camp hasn’t had the best expereince in between the sticks so far since joining as a free transfer from Cardiff earlier this summer. He looks as though he is very good at commanding his area and he is a decent shot-stopper. But his dull past seems to be haunting him again as many pointed fingers at the ‘keeper after he may have cost us all 3 points against Nottingham Forest last Saturday. The likes of Kuszczak or Stockdale may be a much better fit in the Starting XI however in a press conference earlier this week, Garry made it clear that neither of the two were in his plans for his era as Blues boss, so if the gaffer feels as though Lee Camp should stay prop as our first-team goalkeeper, then I think we should back him as much as we can, as negativity is not what we need right now.
The last time Blues played the Rs at St. Andrew’s, we lost 2-1 after Sam Gallagher scored against the travelling side, but it wasn’t enough to see us through as we left the ground with nothing to cheer about after the full-time whistle. This win for the Hoops was their first away win in the Championship in 9 months, when they beat Blues again back in February 2017.
Our opponents have had a dismal start to the season, losing all but one league game, including a 7-1 second-half masacre against West Brom. Yet they saw hope for the first time of the campaign as they won 1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic. The Rs are also into the Third Round of the Carabao Cup. Steve McClarren’s side have only scored 3 league goals this season, so hopefully the defending aspect for Blues shouldn’t be too tough, and the hope will be that we can bag a few goals against the shakey back line that have already conceded 13 goals.
The danger man for the opposing side would most likely be new incomer Tomer Hemed, who joined on loan for the Londoners after their 3-0 defeat to Bristol City. They also grabbed former Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells. Both of the strikers are proven to be quality in this league, and after Hemed has already snatched 1 goal this season, let’s hope that he doesn’t make it 2 in as many games later today…
In terms of transfers for Birmingham, Gary Gardner from Aston Villa has already put in some quality performances in such a short space of time, making an impact on the Bluenoses that no doubt didn’t feel fondly about him before he made the short move to St. Andrew’s. Mahoney and Bogle haven’t had the dream starts they would’ve hoped for, yet Kristian Pederson is getting better and better each game he plays. He has shown his physicality and he is very good at tackling and holding the ball. I think he has been a great addition to the team so far and hopefully he can continue to show his worth in the squad.
In the league standings, we are currently 21st, as we are one of three teams yet to bag a win this season. However, this still places us a single spot above the Hoops due to Goal Difference. Blues really need to put in a shift today and get a win before the international break, as in this division you cannot keep getting away with not picking up points in games that you should be winning, as seen in the past two seasons where it has lead to the last day to see if we will maintain a Championship status. I hope we can get our first win and progress to beat the Baggies in two weeks time.
I think that we have a good chance of winning this game, much more than any other game so far this season as we are playing against a shaky back-line in terms of their first few results. We need to take this chance and get this win that we need so much, as we need to anything to prevent going on a downward spiral that we have done in the last couple of years. Let’s stand united, and sing our hearts out to get this win. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!
BLUES – David Davis (ankle) and Isaac Vassell remain sidelined.
QPR – There are no injury concerns to the side.
BLUES – DLDLD
QPR – LLLLW
QPR 3-1 Blues (28th April 2018)
Blues Wins – 22
QPR Wins – 21
Draws – 14
Biggest Win: QPR 5-2 Blues (1970)
I think that we have the strength and skill in the squad to put this QPR side to bed early in the game, but it’s never simple for Blues. I think they will have the better start to the game but we will work our way into it. We have seen that we are quite good at counter attacks this season and I think we could catch them out a few times as their defence is not in form. So I predict a 2-0 win to the Boys in Blue. We need this. KRO