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Birmingham City host Queens Park Rangers at St Andrew’s tomorrow, with both teams desperate to pick up some points.

Garry Monk’s Birmingham side sit in 21st place with three points, out of the relegation zone on goal difference, and QPR – under the guidance of Steve McClaren – are in 22nd place, in the relegation zone due to their minus 10 goal difference.

With both teams eager to pick up all three points tomorrow, FLW provides you with the stat pack for this fixture.

Birmingham are expected to name a similar starting XI to the side that drew with Nottingham Forest last weekend.

There could be a potential change with Che Adams – who scored in last weekend’s game – replacing Omar Bogle up front, alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Lee Camp is expected to retain his spot between the sticks despite a poor showing against Nottingham Forest.

QPR are also expected to name a similar team after picking up back-to-back wins, firstly against Wigan Athletic in the league and then against Bristol Rovers.

McClaren wasted no time inserting new strikers Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed into the starting side last week and that paid off with the latter scoring the winner.

They are expected to remain as the top two as McClaren hopes to continue their form into this weekend’s clash.

Bright Osayi-Samuel is pushing for a start after another impressive performance in the EFL Cup but Luke Freeman and Eberechi Eze will be hard to replace.

QPR have beaten Birmingham in four of their last previous six meetings, something Monk will be keen to reverse as the Blues have picked up just the one win in that time.

As for top scorers, neither side has a player who has netted twice, although Hemed netted on his debut and will be eyeing more goals.

Birmingham’s strikers, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Adams, both got off the mark against Forest and will look to continue that momentum.

Finally, looking at the stats, QPR average nearly two shots per game, as opposed to Birmingham’s rate of just over one shot per match, while the Blues are making more tackles.

QPR are slightly edging the aerial duel success rate, while the dribbles per game stats are level.

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