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          Birmingham vs QPR Preview, Tips & Stats

          Birmingham host QPR at St Andrews for the Friday night action in the Championship this weekend. The two sides sit in different halves of the table but will both be looking for all three points and to climb the standings.

          The Blues currently sit seventh in the Championship after seven games, with three wins, two draws and two losses. This leaves Birmingham on 11 points so far, eight points off top of the league.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Birmingham have just one win, one draw and three losses. The win came at the end of August against Plymouth Argyle. Scott Hogan scored in the first half for The Blues but Ryan Hardie equalised for Plymouth. However, Jay Stansfield grabbed the winner in the 95th minute as Birmingham won 2 - 1. In the Second round of the League Cup, Birmingham faced Cardiff City. Hogan scored again for The Blues, but Rubin Colwill, Ryan Wintle and Kion Etete all scored for Cardiff to win 3 - 1 with Lukas Jetkiewicz sent off for Birmingham.

          Stansfield scored again to equalise for Birmingham against Millwall who took an early lead through Kevin Nisbet. Despite having 16 shots, The Blues had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw. The trip to Watford saw Birmingham down to ten men again as Lee Buchanan was sent off late on. Millet Rajovic and Ryan Andrews both scored in extra time to give Watford the 2 - 0 win.

          Most recently Birmingham visited Preston. An own goal from Krystian Bielik and a goal from Milutin Osmajic scored for Preston as the goal from Stansfield wasn’t enough with Preston winning 2 - 1.

          QPR, on the other hand, sit 19th after seven games. The Hoops have two wins, one draw and four games leaving them on seven points. With seven points, QPR are closer to the relegation zone than the Play-off places.

          In the last five games in all competitions QPR also have one win, one draw and three losses. In the visit from Ipswich, Conor Chaplin scored the only goal late on as Ipswich took home a 1 - 0 win. Samuel Edozie and Adam Armstrong both scored for Southampton as they won 2 - 1 with Jack Colback on the scoresheet for QPR.

          The one win for QPR came against Middlesbrough. Adres Dozzell and Colback both scored in the 2 - 0 win despite being dominated by Middlesbrough. Kenneth Paal opened the scoring against Sunderland, but with Colback being sent off in the first half, the flood gates opened. Jack Clarke, Daniel Ballard and Abdoullah Ba all scored in the 3 - 1 win for Sunderland.

          Most recently, Josh Ginnelly scored in the seventh minute for Swansea giving them an early lead. However, Lydon Dykes popped up with an equaliser in the 92nd minute as Oli Cooper was sent off for The Swans in the 98th minute.

          Birmingham Team News

          John Eustace has a number of injury concerns going into this weekend. George Hall has a hamstring injury from August, Ethan Laird could return from his hamstring injury this weekend, though he was not fit enough to make the bench against Preston and Siriki Dembele could also return from his hamstring injury. Tyler Roberts could also return from his calf injury, whereas Alfie Change is still out for an extended period with a knee injury.

          QPR Team News

          Gareth Ainsworth only has one major injury worry coming into this weekend. Centre back Jimmy Dunne has been out since July with a shoulder injury with no return date known yet.