QUEENS PARK RANGERS are swiftly back on the road tomorrow afternoon, with an away trip to the second city to face Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship kicking off 2022 for Mark Warburton’s side. (2:00pm KO).
Of course, Rangers head into this one following Thursday’s dramatic victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate, which a saw a strike from Charlie Austin and a last-minute header from Yoann Barbet wrapping up what has been a fine 2021 in spectacular fashion.
The R’s will now be keen to kick off the new calendar year in the perfect way, starting with a positive performance against the Blues, who themselves will be keen to return to winning ways.
The Super Hoops go into this one sitting in 7th position, with a chance to jump back into the playoff positions with a positive result tomorrow afternoon, but of course still have those two games in hand, which may certainly make a difference as we head into the second half of the campaign.
In contrast, opponents Birmingham City who are now managed by boss Lee Bowyer will certainly be looking to bounce back following their recent poor run of form, which has seen them dropping to 17th in the league table.
Defeat to Blackburn Rovers last time out, all the way back on the 18th December will certainly give the Blues a point to prove as they return to action against the R’s for the first time in over two weeks.
As mentioned, Warburton’s side face the Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow evening, but if you are unable to make it you can watch and listen to all action live on QPR+.
In line with updated Government requirements fans over 18 accessing Professional Sports stadiums must display their NHS Covid Pass to gain entry, or provide proof of a negative result from a recent lateral flow test within the previous 48 hours.
International supporters should also note that, in addition, we will accept an EU Digital COVID Certificate or US CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card for entry.
Government legislation was passed last week that means people in England who are attending any event with more than 10,000 people must comply with the above.
Supporters can obtain an NHS Covid Pass digitally through the NHS App, online via NHS.UK, or as a letter sent in the post.
The club will accept any form of proving a negative lateral flow test such as the physical test, photo of a recent test, or a screenshot of the recorded result which has been uploaded to the NHS.
We urge fans to consider the following key points ahead of future matchdays:
- Be prepared – ensure you have your Covid pass or proof of lateral flow test ready to be checked before you get to the turnstiles. It is recommended to take a screenshot of your pass before attending, as obtaining the pass using internet signal can often be problematic at large spectator venues
- Arrive early – entry to the stadium will take longer than normal so ensure you arrive well in advance of kick-off
- Co-operate – the requirement to show your Covid status is a mandatory requirement on venues so please co-operate with our staff who will have to undertake these checks.
SUPPORTERS all over the world will be able to watch QPR’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City live on QPR+.
Rangers head to St. Andrew's for our first fixture of 2022 on Sunday (2pm kick-off GMT) and the live stream is available worldwide.
Match passes are priced at £10 for both UK & Ireland and overseas-based fans, with all pricing set by the EFL. We’ve four-camera coverage plus unashamedly-partisan commentary from Nick London and Andy Sinton.
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Head to Head:
QPR Wins: 23
Birmingham City Wins: 24
QPR: Sam McCallum, Moses Odubajo and Jordy de Wijs will miss out for the R’s, whilst Ilias Chair will be assessed ahead of the trip.
Birmingham City: Maxime Colin looks to return, whilst Scott Hogan may return following his isolation period.
Mark Warburton (QPR Manager): “They are a good team, there are a lot of teams in this league who have very good squads and some have had tough starts to the season, but are good teams.
“But we have to keep building, our aims are clear, we have to keep pushing on and keep pushing forward.”
Lee Bowyer (Birmingham City Manager): “They are moving in the right direction, they have some really good players, they are a team we have to be careful of. We have played them already and they deserve to be where they are, the league table does not lie.”
QPR 2, Birmingham City 0: 28th September 2021
Ilias Chair’s double was enough to secure a 2-0 victory for Queens Park Rangers over Birmingham City at a rain soaked Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The Moroccan’s strikes which came on either side of half-time did the damage, as Rangers secured victory over the Blues and finished off what has been a tough September for Mark Warburton’s side.
QPR XI: Dieng, Odubajo, Dickie, Dunne, Barbet, Willock, Ball, Dozzell, Chair, Dykes, Austin.
David Webb will take charge of tomorrow’s clash with Birmingham City
This will be Webb’s second Rangers clash of the campaign, with his last coming in our home victory over Blackburn Rovers back in October. He will be supported by assistant referees Matthew McGrath and Geoffrey Liddle and fourth official Stephen Martin.