After a disappointing end to the game against the league leaders on Tuesday night, Blues prepare to face another in-form team this weekend as they welcome QPR to St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon (3pm KO).
For 70 minutes on Tuesday night, Blues were a match for Norwich. Nay, they were better than the league leaders and deserved at the very least a point out of the game. Unfortunately, a combination of Blues not taking their chances, a lucky deflection, some bizarre substitutions, and a mistimed header, meant Blues were left empty-handed at home again. Blues fans on social media after the game showed a mix of pride in the way Blues had played for most of the game, and anger at the manager for his game management.
QPR have had the start to 2021 that they never saw coming in their wildest dreams. They have only lost one league game since the start of the year, picking up an impressive 19 points in their last eight games – including impressive wins over Watford, Brentford, and Bournemouth, respectively. These results have turned the season around for QPR – they did not win a game in the entirety of December and were sat in 19th in the league, two points behind Blues after their game on 29th December 2020.
Last Time Out
A goalless draw was the result the last time these two sides met, at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in October 2020. Scott Hogan had a goal ruled out and Ivan Sunjic nearly won the game for Blues late on.
YouTube: HIGHLIGHTS | Queens Park Rangers v Blues
Zach Jeacock (ankle) and Caolan Boyd-Munce (thigh) are both still out, although Zach is now back in training. Sam Cosgrove (ankle) is out, and Ivan Sanchez (Groin) is a doubt after coming off in Tuesday night’s defeat against Norwich.
QPR will be without long-term absentees Tom Carroll and Luke Amos (both knee). January signing Jordy de Wijs is still unavailable, despite playing 45 minutes for QPR’s Under-23s on Tuesday.
Current Form – Last 6 Games (in all competitions)
Blues – L W L L L D
QPR – D W W W W L
Blues wins: 23
QPR wins: 22
Last four meetings between Blues and QPR…
Championship 24 Oct 2020 – Queens Park Rangers 0 Blues 0
Championship 29 Feb 2019 – Queens Park Rangers 2 Blues 2
Championship 11 Dec 2019 – Blues 0 Queens Park Rangers 2
Championship 09 Feb 2019 – Queens Park Rangers 3 Blues 4
YouTube: Opposition View – QPR (H) w/James Allcott
Referee: David Webb
Assistant Referees: Lee Venamore and Adrian Waters
Fourth Official: Simon Mather
A second home game in a week for Blues and the test is just as tough against a QPR team who are on fire. If Sanchez is not available, I think Blues could struggle. If he is, we will always pose a threat. I think both teams need the points, but it will be an edgy affair. I will go for a 1-1- draw.
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YouTube: Blues Focus Podcast EP 30 w/ Brummie Joe – ‘Suicide Subs’ – Norwich reflections, QPR Preview