English Championship: Game Week 8
Stadium: St Andrew's Stadium
22nd September 2023
Birmingham City will welcome Queens Park Rangers at St Andrew's Stadium in Gameweek 7 of the English Championship. QPR left it late to secure a point versus Swansea in midweek. Who will come out on top after 90 minutes?Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Birmingham City form
Prior to the international break, Birmingham had been performing well, with John Eustace leading them to a five-match unbeaten run consisting of three wins and two draws. However, similar to the situation with Michael Beale, who happened to be with QPR, rumors linking them to Rangers preceded a series of defeats for Birmingham. They lost to Watford and Preston North End, but it's important to consider the circumstances of these losses. Watford scored two late goals to secure a victory against a Birmingham team that had been reduced to 10 men. Additionally, Preston came from behind to win 2-1 against Eustace's side. Despite Eustace's evident skills and Birmingham's satisfactory start to the season, they need to secure another victory as soon as possible. Currently, Birmingham has gone four matches without a win after enjoying a winning streak in all competitions since August 29.
Birmingham City Predicted Lineup
Ruddy; Drameh, Sanderson, Long, Longelo; Sunjic, Bielik; Anderson, Stansfield, Miyoshi; Hogan
Queens Park Rangers form
On the other hand, QPR is struggling to find consistency under Gareth Ainsworth, with the manager constantly under pressure. However, Ainsworth has managed to gather seven points from seven matches, earning four points before and after the international break. QPR seemed destined for another defeat against Swansea, but Lyndon Dykes scored a powerful header in added time, salvaging a draw for his team. These two clubs have had contrasting starts to the season, but a win for QPR at St Andrew's on Friday would bring them within one point of Birmingham.
Queens Park Rangers Predicted Lineup
Begovic; Kakay, Cook, Fox; Smyth, Dozzell, Field, Paal; Willock, Dykes, Chair
Birmingham City vs Queens Park Rangers Expert Tips
The visitors have more momentum heading into this match, but Birmingham City is under pressure to secure maximum points. We predict that Birmingham City will score in the later stages of the game to win a closely contested match. Expect under 2.5 goals in the game.