Our prediction for this Championship match:
Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers face each other at St. Andrew’s Stadium in the opening match of the Championship round 8. The Blues suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Watford and Preston, while sharing the spoils with Birmingham City and, no doubt, they are low on confidence ahead of Friday’s showdown. The good news for the hosts is that defender Lee Buchanan is back from suspension, but all Siriki Dembele, Ethan Laird, George Hall, and Tyler Roberts are out of contention with injuries.
The Hoops, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Middlesbrough, losing to Sunderland, while sharing the spoils with Swansea City. The capital club aim to escape the danger zone and given their desire to return to winning ways, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Ireland defender Jimmy Dunne should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (John Ruddy):
John Ruddy is a goalkeeper who was born in St Ives, England on 24 October, 1986. He played for a number of English clubs in the past and he started his senior career at Cambridge United. After making 39 appearances for Cambridge, he signed a deal with Everton for a fee of £250,000.
However, he failed to establish himself as the team’s first-choice shoot-stopper and as a result, he spent a bit part of his career on loan at Walsall, Rushden and Diamonds, Chester City, Stockport County, Wrexham, Bristol City, Crewe Alexandra and Motherwell. In 2010 he made a right decision when he signed for Norwich city for an undisclosed fee as he was immediately given the number 1 shirt. Two years later he received his first England call-up as Roy Hodgson decided to bring him to Euro 2012 finals.
However, Ruddy was forced to withdraw from the squad through injury. John Ruddy is married to Laura and his nickname is “The Iceman”. He was named Norwich City Players’ Player of the Year for the 2011/2012 season.
Highlighted Team (QPR):
Queens Park Rangers are well known as QPR. The capital club was founded in 1886 and Loftus Road Stadium is QPR’s ground. Loftus Road Stadium was opened in 1904 and the capacity of the venue 18,439. However, it has to be noted that no less than 35,353 spectators watched the game between QPR and Leeds on 27 April, 1974.
The Hoops finished the 1975/1976 First Division campaign in second position in the standings, just behind champions Liverpool. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but Queens Park Rangers made it to the FA Cup final in 1982 as well.
QPR were beaten by fellow capital club Tottenham Hotspur in the title game, but they did well to lift the League Cup trophy in 1967. Queens Park’s main rivals are Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham, but other clubs based in London are considered QPR’s rivals as well. The colour of QPR’s shirts is blue and white.