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Preview: QPR (H)

3 November 2017

Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground on Saturday as they welcome Queens Park Rangers in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Reds have picked up three points from their last two outings on the road, with a brilliant 3-2 win at Hull City followed up by the disappointing defeat against Reading on Tuesday night.

Mark Warburton's side will be eager to bounce back from that setback and make it three home wins on the spin.

Ian Holloway's side will provide a stern test though, having come out on top against the league's top two sides this week. The Rs ended a seven-game winless streak by defeating Wolves at Loftus Road last Saturday, and they followed that up with a 1-0 win against Sheffield United on Tuesday.

See below for the pre-match views of Mark Warburton.

Team news

Daryl Murphy and Armand Traore are in line for recalls after the pair missed the last two games with minor hamstring injuries picked up in the win against Burton.

Danny Fox, Jack Hobbs and Chris Cohen remain sidelined for The Reds.

From the opposition

QPR boss Ian Holloway wants his side to go out and create history on Saturday and become the first Rangers side to win at The City Ground. The Rs haven't won in 33 outings on Trentside but Holloway is only focused on the present.

Speaking to QPR's official website, he said: "We've never beaten Forest away apparently. I don't care about that. That's history. Let's focus on the here and now and what we're doing in this moment.

"Can we take on their style and at the same time impose our style on them? That's what we plan to do. We want to make our own history."

He added: "I know I've had a few trips there and enjoyed it very much. I've got a good record there as a manager.

"They're a good team and they've got a good manager. Mark (Warburton) knows what he's doing. He sets up teams to play in a certain way.

"He educates his players and they're improving as the season goes on. He'll be confident because he's got a very good team.

"We're on the same points as them heading into this weekend - but come Saturday evening we want to be three points better off."

One to watch - Luke Freeman

Creative midfielder Luke Freeman has made an impressive start to the 2017-18 season, chipping in with six assists already to top the charts along with Forest's own Barrie McKay.

His two goals have also been key ones, with his strike proving decisive in the 2-1 win against Ipswich and also scoring a late leveller at Barnsley.

After moving to Arsenal at an early age, Freeman has a loan spell at Stevenage in 2011-12 which was made permanent and his dazzling form there saw him earn a move to Bristol City in 2014.

Freeman's form continued as he helped The Robins to the League One title and Johnstone Paint Trophy success, contributing more than 20 assists and being named in the PFA Team of the Season.

The 25-year-old joined QPR in January 2017 and has proved to be a key man for Ian Holloway's side and is one for the Forest defence to keep an eye on during Saturday's game.

Last visit

Stan Bowles matchday

Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers Community Trusts have teamed up to help raise awareness and funds for former player Stan Bowles in his battle with Alzheimer's.

The Just For Stan Fund, local charity Bloomin Dementia and both Community Trusts will be beneficiaries from collections and activities on the day.

Full details can be found here.

Tickets

Tickets are on general sale for Saturday's game and you can book your seats now. Full details can be found here.

Coverage

The game will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers with live audio commentary also available.

There will also be coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Wolves v Fulham (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bristol City v Cardiff (12pm)
Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley v Birmingham
Bolton v Norwich
Derby v Reading
Ipswich v Preston
Millwall v Burton
Sheffield United v Hull
Brentford v Leeds (5.30pm)
Middlesbrough v Sunderland (Sunday, 12.15pm)


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