QPR vs Birmingham City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch 
Photo by Stephanie Meek - CameraSport

Queens Park Rangers entertain Birmingham City at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday.

  • Team news

The hosts are expecting striker Lyndon Dykes to be available for selection for the Blues' visit. The Hoops forward has not featured for Mark Warburton's side in their last two matches, missing out through a thigh problem.

Warburton's side will definitely be without Luke Amos who suffered an ACL injury against Bournemouth last weekend.

The visitors are waiting on the recovery of forward Lukas Jutkiewicz, who had tested positive for coronavirus whilst also waiting on Jon Toral's groin injury. Both players have missed Blues' last two fixtures.

Defender Jake Clarke-Salter is still out with a calf injury for at least a couple more weeks as he awaits to make his second debut for the club.

Veteran midfielder Adam Clayton will not be up for selection after his one-match suspension he picked up in Tuesday night's defeat to Norwich City.

  • Predicted lineups

QPR

Dieng; Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Wallace, Ball, Cameron, Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Adomah, Dykes.

Birmingham City

Etheridge; Colin, Dean, Friend, Pedersen, San Jose, Sunjic, Gardner, Sanchez, Bela, Hogan.

  • Form guide

Both sides head into Saturday's fixture with only one victory so far this season, both of them coming on the opening weekend of the season.

They have also both recorded two losses and three draws each as they sit level on six points sharing a minus one goal difference.

Aitor Karanka's side have lost their last two games on the spin with two disappointing performances. While his side have looked resilient in their defending, their lack of goal threat is currently concerning as they still look to score a goal from open play.

  • Ones to watch

Bright Osayi-Samuel

After months of speculation of a Premier League switch, the Hoops winger remained in West London.

Birmingham will be all too familiar with Osayi-Samuel's abilities after his amazing solo goal which confirmed QPR's three points away at St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium last December.

His blistering pace can cause a problem for most Sky Bet Championship sides and while the Blues have been defensively organised so far, they have not played against a side with a player with as much pace as this man.

Jeremie Bela

Since his goal on the opening day of the season, the Angolan winger has not looked to be at his best whilst his side have struggled to look dangerous offensively in the last few weeks.

However, when he has played, he seems to be the only player currently in the absence of Jutkiewicz and Toral to have attempts on goal. Although his efforts have either been tame or easy to deal with, his confidence will grow and his second league goal may not be far away. 

  • How to watch

QPR fans will be able to access Saturday's fixture via QPR+ whereas Birmingham fans can access the game through BluesTV. Both platforms match passes will cost £10.

  • Managers

Warburton believes that Birmingham have a 'talented squad' and will not underestimate their abilities due to their current lack of goals.

He said: "They will be very well organised, hard to break down and always pose a threat on the counter, so we have to be very resilient in our own box and make sure we pose attacking threat."

Birmingham boss Karanka feels that his side will improve and goals will come but he won't throw away his side's organisation.

He told Birmingham Live: "We obviously need to improve when we have the ball, but it takes time. and it is even more difficult when you lose two key players in two days and another key player like Leko has been out for 10 months.

"The main thing for me is to have an organised team and keep going. When we have a fit squad for sure we will play much better and score more goals.”

  • Previous meetings

  • 1 September 2018 - Birmingham v QPR: 0-0
  • 9 February 2019 - QPR v Birmingham: 3-4
  • 11 Dec 2019 - Birmingham v QPR: 0-2
  • 29 Feb 2020 - QPR v Birmingham: 2-2
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