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Match pack: QPR (H)

25 January 2016

Fresh from their first win at Middlesbrough since 1993, Nottingham Forest will go in search of another important victory when they entertain Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).


Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest made it 12 games unbeaten with a stunning 1-0 win at league-leaders Middlesbrough on Saturday but know they must back up that victory with another positive result against QPR on Tuesday night.

The two teams met earlier in the month when Jamie Ward's goal secured an Emirates FA Cup victory for The Reds and another win at The City Ground would secure a first league double over Rangers since 1997-98.

Success against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men would close the gap between Forest and the play-off places to five points and continue the momentum that Dougie Freedman's side are building with some pace.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest secured an impressive 1-0 win at league-leaders Middlesbrough on Saturday as Jamie Ward grabbed the only goal of the game with 20 minutes to play.

Dougie Freedman's men produced a determined and disciplined performance to restrict Boro to only half-chances and took their chance when it came as Ward latched onto Ben Osborn's pass before curling into the far corner.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Hobbs, Mills (c), Jokic, Mancienne, Gardner (Wilson 89'), Tesche, Osborn, O.Burke (Oliveira 77'), Ward (Mendes 84')


Queens Park Rangers took an early lead at Loftus Road on Saturday but were eventually pegged back as they drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side were ahead after only two minutes as German striker Sebastian Polter headed home Matt Phillips’ free-kick to score his fourth goal in five matches.

Wolves grabbed their equaliser three minutes into the second half when James Henry’s strike deflected off two Rangers defenders before finding its way past Alex Smithies and into the net.

QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Phillips, Luongo, Henry (Chery 73'), Hoilett (Washington 83'), Fer, Polter

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers met earlier this month as Jamie Ward's goal was enough to clinch victory for The Reds and put them through to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Oliver Burke provided a superb assist as he sprinted down the right-hand side before laying the ball on a plate for Ward to tap home from close range and set up a home tie against Watford in the fourth round.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground on Tuesday night are on sale at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

For details and a full list of prices, please click here.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player HD, as well as live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Tuesday's meeting with Queens Park Rangers.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their thoughts on the win at Middlesbrough while Rangers midfielder Michael Doughty reflects on his emotional return to The City Ground earlier this month.

There is a feature interview with Bojan Jokic as he settles into life at The City Ground, Daniel Taylor looks at Rangers' incredible record on Trentside plus much more.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad, iPhone or Android device. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now for Apple users or via this link for Android users.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 23/20 favourites to beat Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night with the draw priced at 11/5 and a win for the visitors further out at 13/5.

The Reds beat Rangers 1-0 in the Emirates FA Cup earlier this month and can be backed at 5/1 to achieve the same scoreline or 18/1 to secure a more comfortable 3-0 victory over Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side.

Jamie Ward has been in goalscoring form over recent weeks and the winger is priced 6/1 to score the first goal of the game or 9/4 to find the back of the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

For all the latest odds on Tuesday night's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Forest v QPR.

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless stated

Burnley v Derby (Monday, kick-off 7.45pm)
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