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Preview: QPR v Blues

It's about us understanding we're going there to chase the three points and going there with a front foot mentality the same as them

Pep Clotet.

Our full match preview ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture between QPR and Blues at Loftus Road (3pm kick-off).

Pep Clotet on what he expects from QPR on Saturday...
"They are a team in a good moment. They are a very balanced team. They had a tough moment in January, but they got over it. When we have the ball, we will need to use it wisely and try to hurt them in the right way and focus on their weaknesses. When they came to St. Andrew's they defended very well, and they played very good counter-attacks against us and caused us a lot of problems and we didn't find a way to their goal. At home they are a little bit more open and cause you different types of problems. But it's about us understanding we're going there to chase the three points and going there with a front foot mentality the same as them. It's going to be a tough game for both sides, but we have the determination to keep adding points and we want three points instead of one."

Pep Clotet on the number of incorrect decisions that have gone against this side, in the wake of the latest disallowed goal at Millwall on Wednesday evening...
“It gets to a point that I feel it is a joke. It’s extraordinary. Of course, you can justify each one of them but when you put them all together there is no understanding, I don’t understand it. They support their decision based on something they saw, from my angle it’s a clear goal and when I watch afterwards from all television angles – all of them - it’s a clear goal. A few situations this season have stopped us getting into a position where we would have had more points and been much higher up the table. When I say much, I mean much because everything is so tight you would think about six-seven points more."

Pep Clotet on how Harlee Dean's performance against Millwall has given him something to think about in terms of his defensive team selection against QPR...
"Of course, but it's a welcome headache. I have three centre-backs and all of them are very good. It's funny how when we keep a clean sheet, we praise the centre-backs and if we win 5-2 we would be praising the strikers because that's the nature of the game. The centre-backs played very well, but I think the whole team did very well for that to happen."

QPR manager Mark Warburton's comments ahead of the game...
"I'm expecting another tough test in (Lucas) Jutkiewicz and (Scott) Hogan. Hogan is a boy I know very well, we (Brentford) bought Scott from Rochdale. I know he's a very, very good finisher. He's had two cruciate injuries and has suffered with that but don't ever doubt his talent. Jutkiewicz is a great technical player and they've got (Ivan) Sunjic in midfield. We know we face another very tough opponent, but we now move to 46 points. If we can get the right performance and the right result on Saturday we're then up to 49 points. It's always that first 50 points. Every coach will say 'get your 50 points, retain your Championship status and then build'. If we can do that with 10 games to go, then we'll give it a shot. We're a good team, we've got some tough games coming up but give yourself a good chance."

Blues team news...
Kerim Mrabti returned to full training on Thursday following his recovery from a hamstring injury and could be included. Jacques Maghoma (thigh) is still a few weeks away from a return. Josh McEachran (ACL) has a long-term injury.

QPR team news...
R's boss Mark Warburton has a fully fit squad to select from.

Last five meetings between QPR and Blues...
Championship 11 Dec 2019 Blues 0 QPR 2
Championship 09 Feb 2019 QPR 3 Blues 4
Championship 01 Sep 2018 Blues 0 QPR 0
Championship 28 Apr 2018 QPR 3 Blues 1
Championship 16 Dec 2017 Blues 1 QPR 2

Total meetings between QPR and Blues...
QPR wins: 22
Draws: 15
Blues wins: 23

Form guide last five games...
QPR: LDWDW
Blues: WWDDD

Line-ups last league game...
QPR (4-2-3-1) v Derby: Kelly; Kane, Hall, Barbet, Manning; Ball, Cameron; Osayi-Samuel, Eze, Pugh (Chair, 73); Hugill (Clarke, 62).
Subs (not used): Lumley, Wallace, Amos, Oteh, Masterson.

Millwall v Blues (4-4-2): Camp, Colin, Pedersen, Dean, Sunjic, G Gardner, Bellingham (Kieftenbeld 71), Bela (Crowley 65), Jutkiewicz, Hogan.
Subs (not used): Trueman, Harding, Clarke-Salter, Montero, Boyd-Munce.

BluesTV...
International subscribers will be able to watch this game live. Commentary for the game will be provided by Dale Moon. For details about BluesTV, click here.

Match officials...
Referee James Linington will take charge of Saturday's game. So far this season the Newport-based official has refereed 22 games, where he has produced a total of 66 yellow cards three reds and awarded three penalties. The last Blues game he refereed was our Sky Bet Championship home fixture against Stoke City in August 2019. Blues won that match 2-1 and there were three players cautioned in total; including Dan Crowley and Gary Gardner for the hosts. He has refereed seven Blues games in total, with Blues winning three of them, drawing three, and losing just one. The last Rangers game he refereed was their Championship away game at Reading in December 2019.The R's lost that game 1-0, and the only player cautioned Reading's Chris Gunter. He has refereed 15 Rangers games to date, with The R's winning eight of them, drawing three and losing four. Mr Linington will be assisted on Saturday by Robert Merchant and Mark Russell with Gary Parsons acting as the fourth official.

Tickets...
This game is all-ticket for Blues fans and QPR have confirmed that no tickets will be on sale to Blues supporters on the day of the game at Loftus Road. As pf Thursday 27 February, Blues had sold 2,510 tickets sold from our allocation of 2,730 tickets. Tickets are available to purchase from Blues until 11am this morning (Friday). For prices, click here.

Supporter message...
The Club urges all supporters to be responsible in their behaviour and actions. Birmingham City knows that the overwhelming majority of our supporters do not indulge in anti-social activities and are passionate about the players and the Club. We appreciate this. We adopt a zero-tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of missiles and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. Pitch encroachment is forbidden and against the law. Please DO NOT encroach onto the pitch. Any person found to be encroaching on the pitch will automatically be served with a banning order - regardless of the circumstances. It is important that bottles, coins, flares and other items not thrown at our matches. Again, we would like to thank the overwhelming majority of supporters for their backing and their understanding.

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