QPR have had a tough start to the new Championship season and will be hoping that Friday’s trip to St Andrew’s to lock horns with Birmingham City will present them with a chance to reignite their campaign.
Following a series of difficult, drab and slightly depressing Championship campaigns, there finally appears to now be light at the end of the tunnel for Birmingham City.
For the first time in what must feel like forever for those Birmingham supporters, there is realistic ambition for this season beyond just staying in the Championship and John Eustace’s men have made a promising start to this campaign.
As things stand, they sit eighth in the Championship and just one point off the play-off positions, but will need to pick themselves up from their previous outing which would have left them frustrated.
Jay Stansfield, on loan from Fulham, put the Blues in front against Preston North End earlier this week but Ryan Lowe’s men managed to turn it around and come away with a 2-1 win thanks to a Krystian Bielik own-goal and a Milutin Osmajic strike.
That shouldn’t knock their confidence too much, though, as Preston have enjoyed a flying start to the season. There is still lots to be positive about at St Andrew’s, but can they keep it going against QPR?
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MAR 2023 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 0-1 Birmingham
OCT 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP Birmingham 2-0 QPR
JAN 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP Birmingham 1-2 QPR
SEP 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 2-0 Birmingham
FEB 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP Birmingham 2-1 QPR
OCT 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 0-0 Birmingham
FEB 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 2-2 Birmingham
DEC 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP Birmingham 0-2 QPR
FEB 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP QPR 3-4 Birmingham
SEP 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Birmingham 0-0 QPR
It hasn’t been the easiest start to the season for QPR, and they do find themselves down there in 20th-position after seven games, but they will have been buoyed by their late leveller against Swansea City earlier in the week.
It looked like they were heading towards a crushing and damaging defeat to fellow strugglers Swansea after Josh Ginnelly had put the Welsh outfit in front.
However, Lyndon Dykes managed to salvage an important point for the R’s in stoppage-time which just about keeps their head above water and should hopefully give them a boost ahead of their trip to the West Midlands on Friday night.
However, I still feel the quality that Birmingham City recruited over the summer, coupled with the start they have made this season, should mean that they have enough to get past QPR. I am backing Birmingham to win to nil at 2/1 with starsports.bet.
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