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Birmingham City's 2019/20 so far

QPR will be looking to continue their fine run of late when they host Birmingham City on Friday (3pm kick-off).

The R’s are undefeated in their last four games and a 2-1 victory during the week against Derby County will only help to grow Mark Warburton’s side’s confidence as the Blues head to W12.

The departure of former manager Garry Monk left Blues in a state of uncertainty as they headed into the new season.

However, assistant manager and now full-time manager Pep Clotet stood in on a temporary basis and has helped steer Birmingham to a comfortable mid-table position.

Warburton’s team faced Birmingham back in December when Grant Hall and Bright Osayi-Samuel sealed all three points in the second city.

Both sides head into this one on the back of positive results last time out, with the R’s claiming their victory in W12 against Derby, whilst Birmingham sealed a goalless draw with play-off chasing Millwall.

Birmingham currently sit eighth places outside of the play-off spots and a place below Rangers.

In recent years, Rangers have performed well against Birmingham, with the R’s winning three out of their last six clashes with Blues.  

End-of-season target

A fantastic run of form since New Year may have seen targets change at Birmingham City.

Blues were loitering just above the relegation zone when they fell to defeat against struggling Wigan Athletic on New Year’s Day.

Since then, however, they have gone 12 matches unbeaten to not only steer clear of the relegation zone but also secure their place comfortably in mid-table.

Birmingham sit 14th in the Sky Bet Championship table and the most optimistic of Blues fans may now even have one eye on the play-off spots, which they currently trail by 10 points.

Best result

Reading 2-3 Birmingham City - 7th December 2019

Sixteen-year-old Jude Bellingham stole the show as Birmingham City snatched a vital victory at Madejski Stadium at the beginning of December.

The teenager has grabbed the majority of Blues’ headlines so far this season and with good reason, too. His performances in 2019/20 – his breakthrough campaign – have drawn plenty of plaudits and he gave Blues the lead in Berkshire when his shot deflected in off of defender Michael Morrison.

The Royals levelled on the stroke of half time through Yakou Meite but Jeremie Bela’s first goal in English football on 59 minutes had Birmingham back ahead by the hour mark.

Alvaro Gimenez made the result safe on 88 minutes and although Lucas Joao also went on to score for Reading it was nothing more than a consolation as Blues held on to win.

Super signing

Scott Hogan

Former Brentford striker Scott Hogan arrived at St Andrews in January from local rivals Aston Villa.

The 27-year-old had a loan spell at fellow Championship Side Stoke City earlier on in the campaign but, following a frustrating run of form, Hogan returned to Villa Park and come the festive transfer window the striker joined up with Pep Clotet to help fire Blues up the table.  

Hogan has helped fill the huge void left by former striker Che Adams, who joined Premier League side Southampton in the summer in a multi-million-pound deal. Hogan has notched an impressive four goals in six games.