Opposition report: Queens Park Rangers

Blues have only lost once against QPR in their last five games.


A closer look at this afternoon's opponents...


Queens Park Rangers are going well in the Sky Bet Championship of late and have only lost one of their past six league games. 

They were held to a 0-0 draw by Preston North End in the week but before that had won four on the spin, clocking up impressive wins against Watford, Brentford and AFC Bournemouth. 

The Hoops' resurgence sees them nine points outside of the play-offs ahead of kick-off and 11 points clear of the relegation zone in 13th. 


Mark Warburton is into his second season at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, having joined the club in May 2019. 

He's got prior Championship experience with Nottingham Forest whilst before that, he spent time hauling Rangers out of the Championship in Scotland. Prior to his move north of the border, he'd begun his managerial career at then League One Brentford. 

But his journey to becoming a manager wasn't so straightforward. After a fairly successful but by no means ground-breaking spell in non-league as a player, Warburton became a successful banker in the 90's. He then quit the position to take up coaching, travelling in his own time to study the academy set-ups at Barcelona, Ajax and Valencia to name a few.

In 2006, Warburton was offered a junior coaching role at Watford's academy, which really kickstarted his managerial career. He spent four years at Vicarage Road before becoming first-team coach at Brentford in 2011. 


He's only been back in West London for little over a month but Charlie Austin is already firing in the goals for the Hoops. 

Three goals in wins against Luton, Watford and Brentford represent a decent return for the 31-year-old, who spent three years at QPR earlier this decade. 

The move represents a good opportunity for the former non-league man to reignite his career a little, which had fallen flat at parent club West Brom.

If he can keep banging in the goals during the big games, QPR might not be too far away from a late play-off push. 


Blues had chances to take the points in London during October's clash between the two but the game ultimately ended in a 0-0 draw.

Scott Hogan had a goal ruled out for offside, Harlee Dean came close with a headed effort whilst Ivan Sunjic almost won it for Blues with a superb strike late-on but it was kept out by Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng who produced a fine save diving to his left to thwart the Croatian. 


The sides have met 62 times down the years, their first meeting coming all the way back in 1914 - an FA Cup tie that was won by QPR 2-1 in the Midlands.

That was QPR's first win of 22 overall victories against Blues, with 17 draws between the two sides as well. 

Blues edge the head-to-head though, having won 23 previous meetings against today's opponents. 


Queens Park Rangers have moved grounds 18 times since they were formed in 1886. They began playing games at Welford’s Fields between 1886 and 1888, and currently play at Loftus Road – their home since 1963.

But their willingness to change locations during their early days makes them one of England's biggest movers when it comes to home stadia.