Nottingham Forest vs Queens Park Rangers: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
 Nahki Wells of Queens Park Rangers takes a free-kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on November 27, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Queens Park Rangers will be looking to make it four league games unbeaten when they travel to face Nottingham Forest on Easter Monday. 

QPR come into the game off the back of a convincing 3-0 home win against relegation strugglers Coventry City

Meanwhile, Forest come into the game after a solid 1-0 away win at top six chasing Cardiff City

Mark Warburton's side currently occupy 12th place, with Chris Hughton's side eight points adrift in 16th.  

Team news

Forest will continue to be without winger Joe Lolley after he had an operation on his hamstring injury.

Despite returning to training, Harry Arter will miss the fixture against the R's. 

These are the only two absentees for Hughton who could bring Filip Krovinovic back into the starting 11 on Monday. 

Warburton could name an unchanged side after such a good win just three days ago. 

Geoff Cameron will keep his place in the side with centre-back Jordy de Wijs still sidelined with a calf injury.

Midfield duo Luke Amos and Tom Carroll both remain sidelined through injuries and will miss out at the City Ground

Predicted lineups

Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): 

Samba; Christie, Worrall, McKenna, Blackett, Yates, Garner, Ameobi, Krovinovic, Mighten, Grabban. 

Queens Park Rangers (3-4-2-1): 

Lumley; Cameron, Dickie, Barbet, Kakay, Field, Johansen, Wallace, Willock, Chair, Austin. 

Ones to watch

James Garner - Nottingham Forest 

James Garner joined the Reds on loan from Manchester United after an unsuccessful loan spell at fellow Championship side Watford but has been an instant hit in the Garibaldi Red.

Playing in defensive midfield alongside Cafu has really given Forest a different option going forward. Garner has the eye for a forward pass which is what Hughton's side have been missing from that position. It isn't just going forward, where Garner has excelled. Defensively he has added to the Forest side which have kept three clean sheets in the last seven matches. 

His goal against Cardiff at the weekend took his tally of goals this season to two. 

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Charlie Austin - Queens Park Rangers

In what is his second spell with QPR, Charlie Austin has made an instant impact for the London side. He left Rangers to join Southampton back in 2016 after scoring an impressive 45 goals in 82 appearances. 

After joining on loan until the end of the season from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, the now 31-year-old has bagged five goals in his first ten league appearances back at Loftus Road. His eye for goal needs to be watched, because given a chance he will often find the back of the net. 

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Previous meetings

The two sides met on the opening day of the Championship season, with QPR running out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair.

The previous meeting at the City Ground ended in a 0-0 stalemate in one of the last games before the league was suspended due to COVID-19.

Last time out...

 

How to watch

Due to the current national lockdown, no fans will be in attendance at the City Ground. This means the game is available on iFollow through Forest and QPR's respective club websites, with passes being priced at £10. 

The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Monday 5 April 2021.

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