R’s looking for three straight victories
QPR will be hoping to build on a positive week when taking on Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday afternoon.
Steve McClaren’s side enjoyed their first victory of the season against Wigan last weekend and followed that up with a convincing win over Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
Birmingham are still looking for their first three points of the season. Monk’s men have put in some promising displays this campaign and should have beaten Nottingham Forest in their last fixture, but they let a two-goal lead slip in the final 15 minutes.
The R’s travel up to the Midlands with a good recent record at St. Andrews having won three of the last four games at Blues stadium scoring nine goals.
Rangers opted to make 11 changes for the cup game in mid-week and one or two of those players will have undoubtedly given Steve McClaren a few selections headaches due to their impressive performances.
It’s been a difficult start to the campaign, but another victory here could see QPR climb into more of a mid-table position before the season takes the first two-week break for international fixtures.
Head to Head
QPR wins 21
Birmingham wins 22
Previous classic meeting
Birmingham 1-4 QPR – February 2017
QPR climbed seven points clear of the Championship drop zone as Ian Holloway’s QPR side ran rampant at St. Andrews.
Matt Smith headed home fellow Luke Freeman's corner to put QPR ahead on 18 minutes. Conor Washington doubled the lead two minutes after the break.
Idrissa Sylla headed a close-range third before Yeni N'Gbakoto scored what was voted QPR’s goal of the season with a sublime 30-yard free-kick. Emilio Nsue pulled one back in injury time for Blues.
Man in the Middle
Jeremy Simpson – Last season gave out 128 yellow cards, nine red cards and eight penalties in 32 Championship games.
Steve McClaren: “We watched them against Swansea and they were very strong, very physical, very direct – a handful, the first ten games are always up and down – you’re trying to find your feet, find your form. That’s what we are looking to do.”
Garry Monk: "They have got good players and a good squad. Yes, they had a difficult start to the season, performance wise and fluctuating results. But they managed to get a win last week and another in the week, so they will come here with confidence. They have got good players, especially attacking-wise. You can see the calibre of strikers they have added this week, so they are a slightly different team to what they were before."
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