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Preview: QPR (A)

23 February 2018

Nottingham Forest will be looking to build on Tuesday's point against Reading when they visit Queens Park Rangers in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow.

The Reds picked up their second successive draw following the stalemate with Burton last weekend, and they will be keen to take their defensive resolve and Tuesday's second-half display in particular to the capital.

There appears to be plenty of progression on the pitch for Forest as they build following several new additions in the January transfer window, and they will be hoping for all three points to complete the league double over Rangers.

Ian Holloway's side have been up and down all season as they sit in 15th spot heading into this weekend's fixtures, but the R's boss will take some positive from their home form where they have won three of the last four.

QPR will be looking to avoid defeat on Saturday, with a Forest win seeing them overtake their opponents in the league table.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Question marks still surround several Forest players as they try and recover from injury and illness.

Michael Mancienne, Daryl Murphy and Apostolos Vellios have all missed the last two games through illness, and manager Aitor Karanka will leave it late before making a call on the trio.

Joe Worrall has also been absent through injury but could be in contention. Eric Lichaj is definitely missing though as he serves the second of his three-game ban, as is Ashkan Dejagah who is sidelined through injury.

From the opposition

QPR boss Ian Holloway admits he wants revenge against The Reds after the thumping 4-0 defeat at The City Ground back in November.

Forest ran out comfortable winners that day but Holloway is expecting a different test this tim around. Speaking to their official website, he said:  "They beat us heavily at their place and that result still hurts me deeply, it really does.

"Revenge is in my mind, of course, it is – but learning from what we got wrong at The City Ground is also in the forefront of my thoughts.

"We started well up there, but then got a lot wrong.

"But they've got a new manager now and they're playing in a slightly different way so we will need to do our homework and be ready.

"I expect them to sit off us, let us take the game to them and then look to hit us on the counter-attack.

"It'll be a very different test to ones we've faced recently at Loftus Road."

One to watch - Matt Smith

Towering forward Matt Smith has topped the scoring charts for QPR this season with seven goals and is likely to be a key figure again this weekend.

The 28-year-old is dominant in the air and Forest will need to ensure he is kept under wraps to avoid giving away too many opportunities in West London. 

Last time out

Tickets

Tickets are available on the day from Loftus Road, with cash only at the lower tier of the School End. 

The Reds are set to be backed in good numbers yet again on the road and full details can be found here.

Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the whole match live, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

There will also be full 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:

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


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