With Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers side having suffered a rather dramatic dip in form in recent weeks, with the Rs falling to three consecutive Championship defeats in their last three fixtures, the 59-year-old manager will certainly be hoping to get back to winning ways at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Tuesday evening.
However, with Birmingham City looking a much-improved outfit under the guidance of Lee Bowyer this season, with the Blues currently sitting in 12th place on 12 points in the league standings, behind QPR on goal difference alone, Warburton will have to ensure he gets his team selection spot on in order to have any chance of picking up three points in the fixture.
So, will the Rs’ boss make any changes to the team that started last time out against West Bromwich Albion? Here’s how we think QPR could line up against Birmingham, along with the latest team and injury news…
With Warburton recently confirming that Sam McCallum looks set to remain sidelined for a number of weeks as a result of a hamstring injury, as well as suggesting that both Stefan Johansen and Jordy de Wijs are both doubts for Tuesday evening’s fixture due to fitness concerns, we predict that the 59-year-old will make two changes to the side that started against West Brom last time out.
In defence, Yoann Barbet drops into the back three having started at left wing-back against the Baggies, in order to accommodate for the absence of the 26-year-old De Wijs, while Jimmy Dunne retains his place in the backline.
On the left, with both McCallum and Lee Wallace currently sidelined, Warburton has not been left with much choice other than to once again field the £720k-rated Albert Adomah at wing-back, however, the 33-year-old has proven in recent fixtures that he is more than a capable option in the position.
In the middle of the park, Ilias Chair drops back from attacking midfield to sit alongside Dominic Ball in order to replace Johansen, while Charlie Austin comes in up top alongside Andre Gray, which leads to a slight tweak in formation from a 3-4-2-1 to a 3-4-1-2.