Ian Holloway predicts Birmingham v QPR, singles out visitors' biggest weakness

Ian Holloway

The ex-Queens Park Rangers manager has been discussing Birmingham and the west London side.

Former QPR boss and current pundit Ian Holloway believes Birmingham City will beat the R's 2-1 this weekend, according to his regular Sky Sports predictions column.

Indeed, Holloway can't see his former club beating Gary Rowett's in-form side and feels they are not the same team without leading man Charlie Austin.

And the former coach has also singled the flanks out as QPR's biggest weakness. He feels Demarai Gray could cause some real problems without any R's doubling up out wide.

He has praise for manager Chris Ramsey overall but Holloway told Sky Sports: "I just don't think QPR are the same without Charlie Austin despite them winning 4-3 without him two weeks ago.

"Plus, if there is a weakness in QPR it's down the flanks with the lack of doubling up and Demarai Gray is brilliant at rolling off the wing to get into goalscoring positions.

"I hate to say it as I like what Chris Ramsey is building at QPR and they're not badly positioned but Birmingham look good for the win."

Rowett is building something very impressive at Birmingham City and QPR could well learn from the Midlands side in that success has come over a stable period.

That said, it is only early days and QPR are only three points off Birmingham...

This game could well have a huge significance on the coming weeks for either side as it's a clash both will want to win, meaning momentum could swing either way depending on who comes away with a result (or if it's a draw).

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