R's aim to end City Ground hoodoo
QPR have never won at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.
In 32 previous attempts the R’s have never returned to west London with a victory to show for their efforts.
33rd time lucky? It is a stat that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side will be keen to finally put to rest when they head to the Midlands this weekend that is for sure.
Following a good opening month Nottingham Forest found themselves sitting in seventh spot in the Sky Bet Championship, just outside the play-off spots.
However, since that 3-1 victory against Leeds United at the end of August the Trees have won just once in their following 11 outings. That has seen them drop to 20th in the table after a third of the season has gone.
A takeover at the City Ground looks imminent with owner Fawaz Al Hasawi set to sell the club to a US consortium with Forest fans hoping that can signal a return to the top flight in the coming years for the first time since they were relegated in 1999.
QPR: Joel Lynch and Yeni Ngbakoto are expected to return for QPR, while Jack Robinson is available once again after successfully coming through 60 minutes against Brentford.
Forest: Thomas Lam and Hildeberto Pereira are available again for Forest whilst striker Britt Assombalonga is edging closer to a start.
Predicted line-up: Stojkovic, Lichaj, Mills, Pereira, Perquis, Worrall, Cohen, Lansbury, Osborn, Kasami, Vellios.
Key Player: Apostolos Vellios - The Greece international forward is Forest’s top scorer this season with five goals to his name since joining the club in the summer from Iraklis Salonika.
PRE MATCH TALK
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: "We are after solutions, and that starts with taking responsibility and having some guts. Our record at Nottingham Forest isn't something I am thinking about. This is a new game we can affect, and that's what we are going to try to do."
Philippe Montanier: "We are near to the relegation places so we need a result against QPR. The players are aware of the situation and we will fight. QPR need points like us and they can be a threat away from home, but we will have to play well to get the win."
QPR win: 2/1
Nottingham Forest: 11/8
QPR first goal scorer: Idrissa Sylla 6/1
Forest first goal scorer: Britt Assombalonga 4/1
LAST TIME OUT
Nottingham Forest 0-0 QPR – Championship, Tuesday 26th January 2016
HEAD TO HEAD
(In all competitions)
QPR wins: 15
Nottingham Forest wins: 28
Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Ian Cooper and Billy Smallwood
Fourth official: Paul Graham
SATURDAY’S OTHER FIXTURES
Kick-offs 3pm unless otherwise stated
Saturday 5th November
Wolves v Derby (12:30pm)
Aston Villa v Blackburn
Burton v Barnsley
Huddersfield v Birmingham
Newcastle v Cardiff
Norwich v Leeds
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Rotherham v Preston
Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich
Wigan v Reading
Bristol City v Brighton