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Match pack: QPR (H)

8 January 2016

Nottingham Forest begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign with a third-round tie against fellow Championship side Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers will battle it out for a place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday as the visitors go in search of a first ever competitive victory at The City Ground.

The game will see former Forest first-team coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink return to Trentside in charge of the visitors as he looks for a first win as QPR boss since taking over last month.

Dougie Freedman's side go into tomorrow's game on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run in the league and a fourth win in five home matches would see them progress into the fourth round.

Last time out

Chris Cohen returned to action as Nottingham Forest made it eight games unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at Charlton.

Ben Osborn gave Forest a first-half lead with a superb finish but Charlton's Simon Makienok levelled the scores after the break.

Second-half injury time proved a frantic affair, Nelson Oliveira squandering a golden opportunity to win it before a stunning save from Dorus de Vries denied Charlton, who had seen Tareiq Holmes Dennis red-carded with 15 minutes to play, an unlikely winner.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs (Cohen 86'), Mancienne, Lansbury, Vaughan, Mendes (Tesche 61'), C.Burke (Blackstock 73'), Osborn, Oliveira


QPR started 2016 with last-minute heartbreak as they suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hull City at Loftus Road on New Year’s Day.

The visitors took the lead just past the hour mark as good work from Mohamed Diame in the left-hand channel allowed him to cross for Abel Hernandez who produced a fine left-volley which flew into the back of Rob Green’s net.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side thought they had earned themselves a point with four minutes to play as German striker Sebastian Polter leapt and powered a header home from Matt Phillips’ superb cross.

It wasn’t to be enough for Rangers to take a draw however as a mix-up between Green and his defender Grant Hall led to the ball bouncing off Hull’s Adama Diomande and into the net to give Steve Bruce’s men all three points.

QPR: Green, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Konchesky, Henry (Fer 71'), Faurlin, Phillips, Chery (Luongo 85'), Hoilett (Mackie 78'), Polter

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest moved into the Championship play-off places on QPR’s last visit to The City Ground as goals from Greg Halford and Andy Reid gave us a notable victory on Boxing Day 2013.

Halford opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour mark as he headed home Djamel Abdoun’s cross from close range.

Forest sealed the win with ten minutes to play in controversial circumstances. Reid ran through on goal to score and, although the assistant referee’s flag was raised, referee Keith Stroud overruled it and allowed the goal to stand. 


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Emirates FA Cup third-round tie against Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground are still available.

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

What else is happening?

Sherwood the Bear’s second relay race of the season will be taking place at half-time of Saturday's game.

Junior Reds members will be taking part with the winning relay team getting a signed item each, while the runners-up will be given a food voucher as a consolation prize.

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 Sunday, 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 Saturday's meeting with QPR priced at £2.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Ben Osborn as he previews his first ever game in the Emirates FA Cup.

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.

Junior Reds members can pick up a free, specially produced programme for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with QPR.

The programme, which contains quizzes, interviews, an FA Cup cut-out and more, will be available for Junior Reds members to collect from the Champions Centre before kick-off. 500 copies are available and they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 6/5 favourites to beat Queens Park Rangers and reach the Emirates FA Cup fourth round on Saturday with both the draw and a win for the visitors priced at 23/10.

The Reds ran out 2-0 winners on Rangers' last visit to The City Ground in 2013 and supporters can get odds of 17/2 on a repeat scoreline this weekend or 20/1 on a more comfortable 3-0 victory for Forest.

Henri Lansbury scored against QPR at Loftus Road earlier in the season and the midfielder can be backed at 10/1 to grab the first goal on Saturday or 7/2 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

For all the latest odds on Saturday'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 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Exeter v Liverpool (Friday, kick-off 7.55pm)
Wycombe v Aston Villa (Saturday, kick-off 12.45pm)
Arsenal v Sunderland
Birmingham v Bournemouth
Brentford v Walsall
Bury v Bradford
Colchester v Charlton
Doncaster v Stoke
Eastleigh v Bolton
Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge
Hartlepool v Derby
Huddersfield v Reading
Hull v Brighton
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Leeds v Rotherham
Middlesbrough v Burnley
Newport v Blackburn
Northampton v MK Dons
Norwich v Manchester City
Peterborough v Preston
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Watford v Newcastle
West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City
West Ham v Wolves
Manchester United v Sheffield United (Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm)
Oxford v Swansea (Sunday, kick-off 12pm)
Carlisle v Yeovil (Sunday, kick-off 2pm)
Chelsea v Scunthorpe (Sunday, kick-off 2pm)
Tottenham v Leicester (Sunday, kick-off 4pm)
Cardiff v Shrewsbury (Sunday, kick-off 6pm)

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