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Match preview: Forest vs QPR

21 December 2018

Nottingham Forest end 2018 at The City Ground with the visit of Queens Park Rangers as they look to climb back into the play-off spots tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

A goalless draw in the East Midlands derby on Monday night saw The Reds add another point to the total and they will be looking for all three on Saturday afternoon.

After a slow start to the season, QPR have recovered well to find themselves in mid table and within reach of the top ten.

Team news

Tobias Figueiredo returns from suspension to provide a selection dilemma for Aitor Karanka, with the Forest defence performing well at Derby on Monday night. 

The Forest boss has to decide whether to recall Figueiredo and return Jack Robinson to left back, or stick with Saidy Janko who impressed in the full back role at Pride Park.

Michael Dawson has been ruled out but Danny Fox could return to the matchday squad following injury.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Steve McClaren knows his side will have to be at their best to get anything from the game at The City Ground.

He said: "We knew these were going to be three difficult games. It's about performances, it's about competing and we want to be respected.

"Belief is gradually growing and growing. We've got to be consistent in terms of performances and if we do that we'll get results as we have been doing. If we fall below our standards we'll go to Forest and not get anything.

"Forest are a difficult team to play against and difficult to beat. We've got to match that. We've got to handle Forest who are on a roll and are very good at home.

"Aitor Karanka's got a side that's going to compete for the play-offs for sure."

One to watch - Luke Freeman

Luke Freeman is usually QPR's main man. The midfielder is one of the main creative forces in the Championship and is often central to every piece of attacking play produced by Steve McClaren's men.

Head to head

Forest wins - 30
QPR wins - 16
Draws - 21

Tickets

Tickets are limited in all areas of the stadium, so act quickly in order to secure you seat for the action.

Full details can be found here.

Coverage

The match will be available to watch on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

The club's official social media channels and the Match Centre will have full coverage of the game.

Other fixtures

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

Blackburn vs Norwich
Brentford vs Bolton
Derby vs Bristol City
Ipswich vs Sheffield United
Reading vs Middlesbrough
Rotherham vs West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston
Stoke vs Millwall
Wigan vs Birmingham
Hull vs Swansea
Aston Villa vs Leeds (Sunday, 1.30pm)


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