Queens Park Rangers vs Nottingham Forest preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
General view of the stadium before the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Luton Town at Loftus Road Stadium, London on Saturday 8th May 2021. (Photo by Ivan Yordanov/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Queens Park Rangers welcome Nottingham Forest to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Friday night. 

Steve Cooper will be looking to return to winning ways after falling to his first defeat as Forest manager against Fulham at the City Ground last Sunday, whilst the hosts have a quick turnaround after their midweek Carabao Cup exit to League One side, Sunderland.

Current R's boss Mark Warburton is no stranger to Forest fans. He will be looking to get one over his former side, after being sacked by the club back in 2017.

Team news

Lee Wallace and Sam Field will miss out for QPR once again with the pair struggling with hamstring and knee problems respectively. Boss Warburton did confirm that Wallace should be returning in the next couple of weeks after over two months out. 

Norwich City loanee Sam McCallum is also a doubt for the game, after limping off against Peterborough United last Saturday with a hamstring issue. 

Former Red Albert Adomah looks set to start against the side that let him go 12 months ago after an unsuccessful one year stint on Trentside. 

As for the Reds, Cooper has no new injury concerns, with Jordi Osei-Tutu out until December after yet another hamstring setback. 

Braian Ojeda will be pushing for his first start after his move from Paraguayan side Olimpia.

However, Friday may come too soon for the 21-year-old, with the only change likely to be James Garner replacing Jack Colback in the middle of the park. 

Predicted lineups

Queens Park Rangers (3-5-2):

Dieng; Dickie, Dunne, Barbet, Adomah, Ball, Johansen, Willock, Chair, Austin, Dykes. 

Nottingham Forest (3-4-3):

Samba; Worrall, Figueiredo, McKenna, Spence, Garner, Yates, Lowe, Zinckernagel, Grabban, Johnson. 

Ones to watch

Lyndon Dykes - Queens Park Rangers 

It is no secret that Nottingham Forest struggle against strong centre forwards as demonstrated by Matt Smith and Aleksandar Mitrovic this season. Lyndon Dykes could potentially be added to this list, with his ability to hold off and out muscle opposition defenders.  

The Scottish international striker has been in great form for club and country so far this season, with nine goals in 16 appearances, including four in a row for Scotland

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Brennan Johnson - Nottingham Forest

A young lad who has the world at his feet. Brennan Johnson has been a breath of fresh air into the first team this season, bagging himself three goals and three assists in his first 14 league appearances this season. 

His ability to run at defenders gets fans off of their seats, which is something that Forest fans have arguably missed since the departure of Michail Antonio. Coventry City and Huddersfield Town away are perfect examples of the talent the 20-year-old possesses and he is only going to get better.

With the problems QPR have down the left-hand side, he could play a massive part in leading the Reds to victory on Friday night. 

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Previous meetings

Last season QPR beat the Reds on the opening day 2-0 thanks to goals from Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair, however, later on in the season Forest made amends by winning 3-1 at the City Ground after goals from Alex Mighten, Lewis Grabban and James Garner. 

Over the last five encounters, the men in the garibaldi red have only lost once with that being the opening day defeat last season. Within the five games, Forest have won three including a 4-0 win at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium back in November 2019. 

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How to watch

The game is live on Sky Sports Main Event, with kick-off at 19:45 BST on Friday evening.

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