Forest travel to table toppers QPR on Sunday, in what promises to be one of the biggest games of the season for both teams. Rangers sit proudly atop of the Championship table, 7 points clear of the Reds’ in 2nd place, but we do have 2 games in hand.
The Reds’ will be well backed in the capital as usual, having sold out their allocation, which is pretty good going as the game is also being shown live on Sky Sports 1.
Both teams will go into the game with victories behind them, confidence high and in good runs of form. Rangers won 1-0 at Reading last time out, despite being down to 10 men for most of the match. Forest of course go into this one on the back of a hard fought 1-0 win at home to Watford last weekend.
QPR boss Neil Warnock has been well backed in the transfer market this season and the addition of Wayne Routledge on loan from the Geordies hasn’t harmed their chase for the Prem. He’s scored twice in his 4 games so far and will be a real test for Morgan and Chambers at the heart of the Reds’ defence. With playmaker Adel Taarabt running the show in midfield, Akos Buzsaky alongside and Jamie Mackie (currently injured) up front, they have quality all over the park. Kaspars Gorkss at the centre of defence will ensure that not much gets past.
Forest have a fair bit of quality to match the hosts and will be banking on the good run of form shown by Marcus Tudgay, who has bagged 5 goals since his move from Sheffield Wednesday in December. Lee Camp returns to his old stomping ground and will be hoping to continue the form that has made him one of the best keepers in the division. He’s been an ever present in the Forest side this year and one of the main reasons we’re doing so well. Lewis McGugan is the clubs’ top scorer and is enjoying his best season to date. The squads match up pretty well all over the pitch and a cracker of a game should be on the cards. It should be the game of the season so far in the Championship.
Queens Park Rangers Team News:
Rangers will be without the influential Mackie up front, as well as Hogan Ephraim in midfield, who is suspended after being red carded in the game with Reading.
Player to watch: Adel Taarabt
The diminutive midfielder is the one that makes the R’s tick and if we can keep him under control, we have a more than fair chance of taking the points
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Guy Moussi has joined Dexter Blackstock on the long term injury list after damaging his thigh a fortnight ago in the win at Coventry.
Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay
He’s found a new lease of life since being signed from the Wendies in December. His 5 goals only tell part of the reason why he’s been such a hit on Trentside, because he has a fair number of assists to his credit as well.
Match Facts & Stats
The 2 teams have met a total of 49 times in the league. Forest have won 20, lost 13 and drawn 16. Earlier this season we drew 0-0 at the City Ground in what turned out to be a bit of a borefest from both sides.
QPR 1-3 Forest
Scunny (a). 16/2/2011. KO: 7.45pm