MARK Warburton’s QPR squad will begin their 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship campaign on Saturday when they welcome Nottingham Forest to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (3pm kick-off).
The first league fixture will kick off what promises to be an exciting campaign, as the R’s go in search of an improvement on last season’s 13th placed finish.
Summer arrivals Lyndon Dykes, Rob Dickie, George Thomas, Luke Amos and Tom Carroll will all want to impress during their first taste of league action under Warburton, whilst the rest of the squad will be looking to build on the hard work they have put in during this unusually short close season.
The match will be contested behind closed doors in W12 but supporters all over the world will be able to watch every kick live on QPR+.
Head to head
QPR wins: 17
Nottingham Forest wins: 32
R’s manager Warburton has declared his squad fully fit ahead of the opening league fixture. Striker Lyndon Dykes suffered a back knock during the week, whilst on international duty with Scotland, but looks set to feature.
Tiago Silva is out for Forest, whilst Joe Lolley and Joe Worrall remain doubts for this weekend’s clash.
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “Forest are a very talented side. They proved that last season and the additions of the likes of Lyle Taylor and Luke Freeman only adds to a very strong squad. We have prepared well and have done everything to ensure we are ready for the challenge.”
Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi: “QPR are a good footballing team, they produced many good performances and results last season and they will be the same. We know what kind of football they will play and we will be ready for that.”
QPR 4-3 Nottingham Forest – 10th April 1993
A historic clash between the two sides came back in 1993, with the R’s eventually running out 4-3 winners in a topsy-turvy Premier League meeting in W12.
Brian Clough’s relegation-threatened Forest team took an early lead with former R Gary Bannister slotting home.
However, ten minutes before half-time Rangers were level when leading goalscorer Les Ferdinand latched on to Tony Roberts’ long clearance, before poking the ball past Mark Crossley in Forest’s goal.
On the stroke of half-time, the hosts had the perfect opportunity to take the lead when winger Andy Sinton was brought down in the box and referee Peter Foakes had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Clive Wilson stepped up and converted, making it 2-1.
Soon after the break, Kinglsey Black found himself free inside the R’s penalty box and drew the Red’s level. Minutes later, Black doubled his tally for the afternoon, this time putting Forest on top once again.
But, the best from Rangers’ number nine was soon to come, with Ferdinand rounding the keeper and slotting home from an acute angle to draw the hosts level once again and two minutes later he was able to complete his hat-trick and finally seal the victory for the R’s, as he guided Sinton’s deep cross home, making it 4-3.
QPR Starting XI: Roberts, Bardlsey, McDonald, Peacock, Wilson, Holloway, Impey, Sinton, Wilkins, Allen, Ferdinand. Subs not used: Stejskal, Brevett, Bailey.
Tim Robinson will take charge of the R’s opening Sky Bet Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest this weekend.
This will be the 12th time Robinson has taken charge of a QPR fixture, since his appointment to the EFL in 2012. His most recent came in last season’s behind-closed-doors game at Charlton Athletic in June.
He will be joined by officials Andrew Fox and Lee Venamore, whilst Sam Lewis will be taking up fourth official duties.
Season ticket holders can watch Saturday’s game against Nottingham Forest for FREE. All fans who renewed or purchased their 2020/21 season ticket before 5pm on Thursday 10th September and have up-to-date contact details registered with the club have been sent a QPR+ voucher. Please see above links for information on how to update them.
Non-season ticket holders can also watch the game live on QPR+. Match passes are priced at £10 for UK and Ireland-based fans and £7 for overseas fans.
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