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Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Birmingham City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship fixture between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City, including predictions, team news and lineups.

Queens Park Rangers host Birmingham City at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this coming Saturday, as two sides level on six points lock horns.

QPR will be looking to put the midweek defeat to Preston North End behind them, while Birmingham City made it two losses in the space of four days when going down 1-0 to Norwich City.


Match preview

Queens Park Rangers' Osman Kakay in action with Preston North End's Tom Barkhuizen in the Championship on October 21, 2020© Reuters

The R's have not won since the first game of the season and are starting to show signs of missing key players who have either been sold, or are absent through injury.

Eberechi Eze will undoubtedly be a big miss for QPR this season, but they have also lacked the presence of frontman Lyndon Dykes, who has now been absent for the last two matches.

QPR currently sit 16th in the table and will be concerned by the lack of creative spark in the final third, something they will be desperate to rectify as soon as possible.

They will take heart however from the fact that they have only lost once in the last five games against the Blues; a 4-3 loss at home.

Birmingham City manager Aitor Karanka pictured on October 4, 2020© Reuters

Like QPR, City are also in search of their first win since the opening day of the season and have lost their last two 1-0.

An 87th-minute strike from Mario Vranic was enough to down the Blues, almost immediately after Adam Clayton was sent off for his second bookable offence.

After producing a relatively solid start to the season, Aitor Karanka's men have slipped to just six points from six games and will feel they need to use the busy upcoming schedule to get back to winning ways.

The Blues have shored up their defence, having conceded only four times in their first six matches – compared to 12 from their final half-dozen fixtures last season

Improved defensive displays have come hand-in-hand with something of a goal drought though, with Birmingham having only scored three in the first six games – two from corners and one from the penalty spot.

Queens Park Rangers Championship form: WLDDD
Queens Park Rangers form (all competitions): LWLDDD

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Team News

Queens Park Rangers and Scotland forward Lyndon Dykes pictured in August 2020© Reuters

Mark Warburton will hope to welcome back Lyndon Dykes, but may be forced to wait given the severity of his thigh injury.

Warburton also mentioned in post-match interviews that he felt his team lacked quality all over the pitch, and therefore could look to reshuffle his pack ahead of this match.

City will be without the suspended Adam Clayton and Karanka may look to use this setback as an opportunity to make an attacking adjustment to his starting lineup.

If not, Karanka will likely replace Clayton with recent signing Mikel San Jose

Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Dieng; Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Wallace; Amos, Cameron; Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Willock, Bonne

Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Etheridge; Colin, Dean, Friend, Pedersen; Gardner, San Jose; Leko, McGree, Bela; Hogan


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We say: Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Birmingham City

Both sides have not been at their best of late, and we are anticipating a scrappy affair as these two battle it out for the points. As such, it may be that neither manages to break the deadlock, resulting in a 0-0 draw.


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Who will win the Championship clash between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City?

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1Norwich CityNorwich148421811728
2Bournemouth1476123131027
3Reading148242318526
4Bristol City147341714324
5Brentford146532013723
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