Ahead of Birmingham City’s welcome of QPR, football statistics website WhoScored.com
have taken the opportunity to preview the fixture.
Having started the season brightly, the R’s have seen their promotion push stutter of late, failing to win any their last five, losing three. Their away form has left a lot to be desired, with the team winning just two of their last 11 Championship games away from Loftus Road.
In the fixture earlier this season between the two sides QPR ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal, his first for the club from Charlie Austin.
Conceding nine in the last five highlights their defensive concerns at present and Blues will be looking to add to their woes on Saturday. QPR’s backline will be made to work hard if they’re to prevent the Blues from netting, with Federico Macheda in particular tipped to put the visiting back-four to the sword.
The Italian has netted three in six league appearances since joining in January and he will be aiming to display his talents to his former employers after spending time with the west London side in 2012. His loan spell may have been cut short due to an ankle injury, but he’ll be keen to exhibit his striking ability to benefit the hosts.
Possibly the best asset of his game is his hold up play, with Macheda developing a WhoScored.com
strength of ‘holding on to the ball’. This enables him to retain possession successfully in the attacking third, improving Birmingham’s goalscoring chances as he aims to bring others into play.
Furthermore, with a statistically calculated weakness of QPR’s being ‘avoiding fouling in dangerous areas’, the ability of Macheda will aid in winning free kicks in goalscoring positions for Birmingham. One of Blues’ strengths is ‘shooting from direct free kicks’ and the striker will be of great assistance in providing these opportunities for his teammates.
Having won two of the last three league meetings at St. Andrew’s between themselves and QPR, Blues will be confident of hampering the visitors’ quest of returning to the Barclays Premier League when the two teams meet on Saturday. With Macheda spearheading the attack, and Harry Redknapp’s side enduring a poor run of form, the hosts will head into the fixture knowing that all three points are attainable.
*This article is not the opinion of Birmingham City Football Club but of WhoScored.com, a unique website specialising in the in-depth analysis of detailed football data. Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions, including live match stats and player ratings. Follow @WhoScored and their editorial assistant @BenMcAleer1 on Twitter.