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11 April 2014

Nottingham Forest are aiming to complete a league double over Queens Park Rangers as they travel to Loftus Road on Saturday lunchtime (kick-off 12.22pm).

The Reds are unbeaten in their last six meetings against the West London outfit but Harry Redknapp’s promotion-chasing side will pose a difficult challenge.

Forest head down to the capital on the back of Tuesday’s entertaining 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday and will be looking for their first league win in over two months.

Team News

Danny Collins is suspended after his red card on Tuesday night, so Kelvin Wilson may return to the side after missing the clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

The game looks to have come too soon for Andy Reid and David Vaughan, but there could be a place in the side for Marcus Tudgay who netted Forest's second goal in midweek.

Nedum Onuoha, Aaron Hughes and Joey Barton are doubtful after picking up knocks in the 2-0 defeat at Blackburn on Tuesday, while Matt Phillips is definitely out through injury.

Rangers' top goalscorer Charlie Austin may start his first game since January after recovering from a shoulder problem.

Current Form

Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday extended Forest’s winless run to 12 matches in all competitions in a sequence which has seen them slip to 10th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Forest have managed to rediscover some form in front of goal but must sharpen up at the back having conceded 12 goals in their previous five matches.

Doncaster (H) – Drew 0-0
Derby (A) – Lost 5-0
Charlton (H) – Lost 1-0
Ipswich (A) – Drew 1-1
Millwall (H) – Lost 2-1
Sheffield Wednesday (H) – Drew 3-3



Queens Park Rangers head into the game on the back of three games without a win and after having suffered back-to-back away defeats at Bournemouth and Blackburn.

Goals from Rudy Gestede and Tommy Spurr condemned The Hoops to a 2-0 loss at Blackburn on Tuesday night and their poor recent run now sees them trailing 2nd-placed Burnley by 13 points.

Rangers’ chances of automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship look to have disappeared after the defeat at Ewood Park but they are strong favourites to take a playoff place.

Sheffield Wednesday (A) – Lost 3-0
Middlesbrough (A) – Won 3-1
Wigan (H) – Won 1-0
Blackpool (H) – Drew 1-1
Bournemouth (A) – Lost 2-1
Blackburn (A) – Lost 2-0

Down The Years

Forest wins over QPR: 26 (21 League, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
QPR wins over Forest: 14 (13 League, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 19 (17 League, 2 FA Cup)

Last Meeting

Nottingham Forest moved into the Sky Bet Championship playoff places with a comfortable 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground in December.

Greg Halford headed home a fine cross from Djamal Abdoun in the first half before Andy Reid sealed all three points with his strike ten minutes from time.



The last meeting between the sides at Loftus Road ended in a 1-1 draw as ten-man Forest held on for an important point in West London.

Radoslaw Majewski was sent off following Tommy Smith’s opener for the hosts but David McGoldrick’s strike gave The Reds a share of the spoils in the capital.



He Played For Both


Ishmael Miller joined QPR on loan from West Bromwich Albion in 2008 and made an instant impact by scoring an 88th-minute winner against Leicester at Loftus Road. That was to be the striker’s only goal in 12 appearances for The Hoops before he returned to West Brom.

The striker departed The Hawthorns for Nottingham Forest in 2011 and scored three goals in as many Championship games early on in his Reds career. Miller has since struggled to get to grips with life at The City Ground and has had recent loan spells with Middlesbrough and Yeovil.

Officials

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant Referees: Paul Harris and Gavin Muge
Fourth Official: Iain Williamson

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the 23/10 outsiders to take all three points at Loftus Road on Saturday with the draw being priced at 12/5.

Odds of 13/2 are being offered to fans who fancy Forest to be level at half-time and winning at full-time while The Reds can be backed at 9/2 to win to nil in West London.

Forest drew 3-3 with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night and a repeat scoreline at Loftus Road has odds of 66/1 while Gary Brazil’s men are priced 5/4 to score the first goal on Saturday.

Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have sold out their full allocation of 1,680 tickets for this fixture.

Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 8am and is priced at £16.

Follow The Game

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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