Three to watch at the City Ground

WITH just goal difference separating the two sides, Saturday’s clash with Nottingham Forest should certainly be an intriguing one. We take a closer look at who the R’s scouts may have pinpointed as key players to watch out for.

Ben Osborn

Strengths:

  • Passing
  • Crossing
  • Work rate

A consistent performer for Nottingham Forest, Osborn has featured in every single League match for Warburton’s side. Usually known for his reliable delivery and the energy that he brings to the left flank, the midfielder has actually played a number of roles for Forest this season including left-wing-back and central midfield. His endeavour and drive are crucial to the way Forest set-up and his left foot usually offers good balance to the team. The 23-year-old found the net against Reading during the week but that was only his second strike of the campaign and goals is probably the one thing Osborn needs to add to his game.

Liam Bridcutt

Strengths:

  • Anticipation
  • Aggression
  • Tackling

A real workhorse of a midfielder who will likely cover more distance than anyone else in a Nottingham Forest shirt, Bridcutt does a very good job of gluing the midfield together. The former Sunderland man, who has experience of playing in the Premier League, operates at the heart of the Forest midfield and is usually deployed just in front of the back-line. He has developed a good partnership with David Vaughan in recent weeks but will know that the midfield trio of Luongo, Scowen and Freeman have been vital for QPR so will likely have his work cut out here.

Kieran Dowell

Strengths

  • Dribbling
  • First Touch
  • Finding space

The Everton loanee has arguably been the standout performer for Nottingham Forest this season. Capable of playing on the wings but probably at his best in the number 10 role, the 20-year-old England Under-20 international was part of the World Cup winning side earlier this year. Dowell, much like Rangers’ Luke Freeman, is always demanding the ball and is looking to make things happen for his side. Having just turned 20 the youngster looks to have a bright future in the game and one the R’s back-line will have to keep a close eye out for on Saturday and look to restrict his influence on the game.