Birmingham v QPR preview
Last Updated: 31/08/18 11:25am
Birmingham continue to be without midfielder David Davis and forward Isaac Vassell who are recovering from long-term injuries.
Davis is some way off after suffering a broken ankle in pre-season and Vassell is out with a hip injury picked up during his recovery from a knee operation. Midfielder Craig Gardner is available again following suspension as Birmingham seek a first victory of the season against fellow strugglers QPR.
Garry Monk's side are unbeaten at home following draws against Norwich and Swansea and will look to give the manager his first win on home soil this campaign.
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QPR defender Grant Hall will look to build on his return after playing for an hour in the 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over Bristol Rovers. The defender had his first outing for the first team in seven months following knee surgery and impressed manager Steve McClaren.
The former England boss will look for his side to make it three wins on the trot ahead of the international break. Back-to-back victories against Wigan and Bristol Rovers have put a different view on things for a side who were recently humiliated 7-1 by West Brom.
Birmingham City have collected just four points in their last nine league matches against QPR (P9 W1 D1 L7).
QPR have won three of their last four away league visits to Birmingham City (L1), having won just once in their first 22 games there between 1950 and 2008.
Birmingham City are one of three Championship sides yet to win this season (also Ipswich and Reading), with the Blues failing to win their first five league games for the first time since the 1982-83 campaign.
QPR have won one of their last 19 matches in September in all competitions (D9 L9), a 2-1 win over Ipswich in September 2017.
QPR forward Tomer Hemed netted the only goal of the game on his debut last time out versus Wigan - the last QPR player to score in each of his first two league appearances for the club was Jamie Mackie in August 2010.
Steve McClaren's last away Championship visit to St. Andrew's against Birmingham came in December 2014 when he was Derby boss - a 4-0 victory.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)