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Championship: Nottingham Forest vs QPR preview

Kick off: Tuesday, 26 January @19:45 GMT

Venue: The City Ground (Nottingham)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Nottingham Forest vs QPR 1-0 (2015/2016 FA Cup)
QPR vs Nottingham Forest 1-2 (2015/2016 Championship)
QPR vs Nottingham Forest 5-2 (2013/2014 Championship)
Nottingham Forest vs QPR 2-0 (2013/2014 Championship)
QPR vs Nottingham Forest 1-1 (2010/2011 Championship)

Nottingham Forest vs QPR prediction

Nottingham Forest will be looking to record their third win of the season over Queens Park Rangers when the two teams square off against each other at the City Ground on Tuesday evening. The Reds are brimming with confidence following a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough and a win over the Hoops would definitely help them stay in the race for a place in the Championship play-offs.

Fine form

Nottingham Forest are on the right track to put poor 2015 behind them. The Reds have yet to suffer a loss in 2016 and they head into Tuesday’s game against QPR following a 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Middlesbrough. Dougie Freedman’s troops are eight points behind the play-off places, meaning that they need to keep on winning if they are to book their place in top six. Nottingham Forest outclassed Bolton Wanderers (3-0) in their last home fixture in the Championship and it has to be noted that they are undefeated in nine home games. Northern Ireland attacker Jamie Ward scored his only second goal of the season at the weekend, but he will have to start netting goals on a more consistent basis if he is to keep his place up front. It has to be noted that the Reds are eyeing their seventh home win of the season.

Midfielder David Vaughan misses the match through suspension, while the likes of Henri Lansbury, Britt Assombalonga and Daniel Pinillos remain in the recovery room.

Season to forget

Even though many people expected that Queens Park Rangers would quickly return to the Premier League, the Hoops have been struggling in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign. The capital club sit in 14th place in the standings and it has to be noted that key attacker Charlie Austin joined Southampton in a cut-price £4million deal. Austin will be sorely missed in days to come and, as things stand now, the club chiefs will be more than happy should QPR happen to secure the Championship survival. The Hoops gave fans some cheer on Matchday 27 as they outclassed Rotherham United on the road (3-0) and they head into Tuesday’s match against Nottingham Forest following a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton. Sebastian Polter is on a quest to replace Charlie Austin as the team’s key attacker and he managed to find the net in the draw with Wolves. Anyhow, QPR face an uphill task against the in-form Forest and it remains to be seen if they are capable of recording their fifth away win of the season.

Armand Traore and Rob Green both missed the Wolves games with injury and the duo is unlikely to recover in time to face Nottingham Forest.

Quick Facts

  • Nottingham Forest are undefeated in ten home games
  • Reds suffered their last defeat at the City Ground on 3 October
  • Forest managed to keep three clean sheets in previous four matches
  • Queens Park Rangers have already suffered seven defeats on the road this season
  • QPR are after their first ever win at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest vs QPR betting tip

Nottingham Forest did well to beat QPR in both Championship and FA Cup earlier this season and seeing that Jerrel Hasselbaink saw his key player Charlie Austin leave the club in the January transfer window, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts, who are high on confidence following the 1-0 win at Middlesbrough. The Reds are desperate to book their place in the play-offs and I am tempted to put my money on the City Ground outfit this time out.

Tip: Nottingham Forest to win

Odds: 2.20 (6/5) @Pinnacle

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