Date: 26th February 2016 at 4:03pm
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QPR have won their last two league matches against Birmingham at Loftus Road, 2-0. They`ve not won three consecutive home games against the Blues since October 1971 (four wins).

Birmingham have lost three of their last four league games against QPR, winning the other back in October.

The R`s, along with Ipswich, have scored the most headed goals in the Championship this season (12).

Birmingham remain the side with the lowest possession rate in the Championship (42.55%); an average which is comfortably lower than the 23rd-ranked Rotherham (46.11%).

QPR have scored exactly once in 10 of their last 12 league games.

The Blues have scored just twice in their last four league games, with Clayton Donaldson scoring both.

QPR have won just 15.4% of their league games when Alejandro Faurlin has been absent, compared to 35% when he has played this season.

Alex Smithies` penalty save against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek was the first by a QPR goalkeeper since Rob Green vs Liverpool in May 2015.

Matt Phillips has scored in two of his last three starts against Birmingham City.

QPR Team News:

Alejandro Faurlin has a thigh problem and faces a late fitness test ahead of Birmingham City’s visit.

Possible line up:

SMITHIES

PERCH – ONUOHA – HALL – KONCHESKY

HOILETT – LUONGO – FAURLIN – PHILLIPS

WASHINGTON – POLTER

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Birmingham Team News:


Nicolai Brock-Madsen is still out after missing the midweek home win over Bolton. Jonathan Grounds picked up a knock on Tuesday, but is expected to be fit.

Possible line up:

KUSZCZAK

SHOTTON – ROBINSON – MORRISON – GROUNDS

KIEFTENBELD – GLEESON

BUCKLEY – FABBRINI – MAGHOMA

DONALDSON


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Match Facts & Stats


HEAD 2 HEAD

QPR: 17
Birmingham: 22
Draws: 13



LAST TIME OUT

Championship – 17/10/15
St. Andrew`s

Birmingham 2 (Robinson, Caddis pen)
QPR 1 (Phillips)

Team: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Konchesky, Hall, Phillips, Chery, Fer (Luongo), Henry, Sandro (Tozser), JET (Polter).

Attendance: 19,161


Ref Watch:

Referee: Roger East
Assistants: David Bryan and Edward Smart
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

Roger East is the match official for tomorrow`s clash with the Blues. This season East has issued 76 yellow cards and 1 red card in 27 games.

Match Prediction:


1-2 Away win

Next Fixture

Who: MK Dons
Where: Stadium MK
When:05/03/2016