This weekend, the international ball goes back in the cupboard, and the league ball comes out. Blues versus a bunch of old Queens…(apologies to any QPR fans, I couldn’t resist). QPR are presently eleventh, ten matches in, whilst we’re three points and a surprisingly large seven places ahead. Following our unexpected defeat at home to Rotherham, we bounced back in a classy manner, with six away points in succession in the bag against Brentford and Leeds. QPR came back from a winless September (P4, D2, L2) to win 4-3 at home to Bolton. Two wins and a defeat this season have featured four or more goals, and they’ve been knocked out of the Capital One cup by Carlisle, no less, so they have certainly been a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ team thus far. Will we face Dr Jekyll or give them a Hyding? 🙂 There are no former Blues players at Loftus Road, (edit – apparently Grant Hall is there now, having five games with them so far. I’ll stand by my prediction though; maybe Hall will get their goal?) so when it comes to my prediction I’ll go for the Blues to win fairly comfortably, 3-1 Goals from Donaldson, Solomon-Otobor (in for the injured Cotterill) and Gray.
Surely Robbo’s improved performances of late, resulting in two away clean sheets, will give the Boss a welcome ‘selection headache’ and proof indeed that his ‘small squad ethos’ is reaping the benefits, and making better players out of those relegated to the bench awhile…which makes you realise that Toral and Shinnie are both now kicking their heels due to the resurgence of Davis. Reece Brown similarly hasn’t been getting a ‘look in’, though Rowett mentioned on a recent Radio WM ‘phone-in’ that his attitude – turning up late for weight training for example – needed picking up. We’ve continued to use Brock-Madsen as an impact sub, too, though he’s yet to score. With Cotterill out injured, I’d imagine Maghoma will take his place on the wing, but we’ll see Solomon-Otabor utilised in the second half.
Keep Right On!