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Match preview: QPR (A)

28 April 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to the West London to take on QPR in their final Sky Bet Championship away game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday 29 April (kick-off 3pm).


Nottingham Forest head south for their final away match of this campaign as they take on QPR at Loftus Road. The Reds have won only twice on the road all season and will be seeking a third as they look to secure Championship survival. A win could see Forest safe if results go their way, and Mark Warburton's men will be looking to build on last Saturday's win over Reading when they make the journey to West London.

Ian Holloway's Rs have had a torrid time of late having lost six on the spin. Rangers did look set for a mid-table spot but their poor run of form has seen them pulled towards the relegation places and there is an outside chance they could be involved in the battle come the final day of the season.
  
Mustapha Carayol, Danny Fox and Zach Clough are all available after picking up slight knocks in the win over Reading last weekend, while Matt Mills and Armand Traore are also in contention as they returned to full training. Jack Hobbs is unlikely to be available despite stepping up his training this week.

Rangers will be without midfielder Jordan Cousins who has been ruled out for the season and defender Grant Hall remains a doubt having missed the last three matches through injury.
Nottingham Forest

Preston (A) - Drew 1-1
Wolves (A) Lost 1-0
Huddersfield (H) - Won 2-0
Blackburn (H) - Lost 1-0
Cardiff (A) - Lost 1-0
Reading (H) - Won 3-2

QPR

Derby (A) - Lost 1-0
Aston Villa (A) - Lost 1-0
Brighton (H) - Lost 2-1
Bristol City (A) - Lost 2-1
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 2-1
Brentford (A) - Lost 3-1

 
Luke Freeman

Attacking midfielder Luke Freeman signed for QPR in January from Bristol City and his passing ability and vision could be key for Rangers as they look to secure their Championship safety on Saturday.

The 25-year-old began his career at Gillingham before Arsenal signed him as a youngster. He failed to make the grade at the Emirates and left for Stevenage where he made his mark as Boro rose to League One. His form at Broadhall earned him a move to Bristol City and Freeman, who can operate anywhere along the front line, has chipped in with four assists and two goals since January for QPR.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, Ian Holloway said: “It’s all about being positive now – it’s all about sticking behind the boys. 

"We have to make sure that we beat Nottingham Forest. It’s in our hands and we can get this season over and done with this weekend. I don’t believe we’ll go down – but you have to earn that right in the Championship. Deep down, of course I wish we were safe already, but we’re not. However, regardless, I’m proud of how the team are sticking together – how they’re learning and the way that they’re working. 

“Unfortunately, we’ve lost six in a row, but I’m not downhearted. The team I pick for Saturday will be well-drilled, they’ll be well-oiled and ready to go in order to beat Forest. That’s all that matters.” 

Nottingham Forest received an allocation of 1,791 tickets for this match and all tickets and the club will not be receiving a further allocation from Queens Park Rangers.SOLD OUT have now
Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 2.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

QPR - 6/4
Nottingham Forest - 17/10
Draw - 12/5

To score first:

Idrissa Sylla - 5/1
Conor Washington - 6/1
Britt Assombalonga - 9/2
Zach Clough - 13/2

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Cardiff v Newcastle (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Burton
Birmingham v Huddersfield
Blackburn v Aston Villa
Derby v Wolves
Fulham v Brentford
Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds v Norwich
Preston v Rotherham
Reading v Wigan
Brighton v Bristol City (kick-off 5.30pm)

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