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Scouting Report - A look at Nottingham Forest

NOTTINGHAM Forest are just outside the play-off places and have only lost three league games this campaign. Ahead of the R's trip to the City Ground we take a closer look at the opposition.


Aitor Karanka
Age - 45

Previous clubs managed

Spain U16, Middlesbrough

Career High-Point

Guided Middlesbrough to the Premier League in 2016 as they finished Runners-Up in the Championship.

Preferred managerial style

Pragmatic approach but more attacking this season

Managerial record at Nottingham Forest

Games 47 Wins 15 Draws 18 Lost 14

Aitor Karanka’s record against QPR

Games 4 Wins 3 Draws 0 Lost 1

Formation and tactical approach

Nottingham Forest play a 4-2-3-1 formation. Their defence is solid enough with their midfield full of creativity and flair players. Forest can rely on the services of the Championship’s top goalscorer Lewis Grabban who has netted on 14 occasions this term.

Last game and performance

Forest and fierce rivals Derby County played out a tightly contested draw at Pride Park on Monday evening. Derby perhaps edged the game in terms of possession and territory but Karanka’s side created the better chances – a draw ended up being a fair result.

Key Player

Joe Lolley – Has been Forest’s go-to man this season in terms of creating chances and providing that little bit of extra quality in midfield. The winger has six goals and seven assists to his name.

One to Watch

Joao Carvalho – The Portuguese Under-21 international has put in some eye-catching performances this season and continues to impress with his clever passing and silky touches in and around the box.