After a promising start to the 2021-22 season, Birmingham City have faltered as of late and the goals have well and truly dried up.
In August the Blues were showing all the signs as to why some were tipping them for a play-off push in pre-season after some smart recruitment, and the late transfer window addition of Troy Deeney raised the spirits around St. Andrew’s.
Since the turn of the month though there’s been just one win – that came against Derby County at home and since then there’s been back-to-back losses against Fulham and Peterborough before a drab goalless affair with Preston North End at the weekend.
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Are changes needed against Queens Park Rangers tomorrow evening? Lee Bowyer could try something different so let’s see what he could line up like.
Bowyer has more often than not used the 3-5-2 formation this season but it could be time to revert to a 4-4-2 and give someone else a chance out wide, giving Jeremie Bela a rest in the process.
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Having made just two appearances for the club this season since his arrival from Gillingham – both of which came in the EFL Cup – it could be a good opportunity for Jordan Graham to be given his league debut as he could add some pace and creativity to the side.
Looking at the options Bowyer had to choose from at the weekend, injuries have decimated his squad somewhat and there’s a lack of options in both defence and in the centre of midfield, meaning the six out-and-out defenders and central midfielders that started against North End will start again.
It’s at the top end of the pitch where Bowyer has room to manoeuvre with both Lukas Jutkiewicz and Chuks Aneke vying for starts, but you get the feeling that Deeney and Hogan will get their chance to try and forge a partnership once more against the R’s.