Forest look to move further away from the relegation zone as they face QPR at the City Ground

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Nottingham Forest look to make it back to back wins in the Championship when they face Queens Park Rangers at the City Ground on Easter Monday.

Forest ended their six-game winless run on Good Friday, James Garner’s strike on the half-hour mark gave the Reds all three points at Play-Off chasing Cardiff City.

The victory in South Wales moved Forest up to 16th in the League, ten points clear of the relegation zone. With the Reds having played four games more than 22nd placed Rotherham, and a match more than 21st placed Coventry City, they are not fully out of danger just yet.

The visitors QPR have hit a wave of form, winning four of their last six matches in the Championship. They also won on Good Friday, beating Coventry 3-0 at Loftus Road. Chris Willock, Ilias Chair, as well as an own goal secured Rangers the victory.

The Hoops impressive run has propelled them up to 12th in the Championship table, ending any worries of a potential relegation to League One along with that. QPR manager Mark Warburton will hope that his side doesn’t take their foot off the gas, and will want to end the season strongly.

A win at the City Ground has been hard to come by for the West London side, Rangers have only won once at Nottingham Forest in their entire history, which came back in December 2018.

If QPR can win their second-ever match at the East Midlands club they could move as high as ninth in the Championship, depending on results elsewhere.

For Forest meanwhile, a second successive win could move them up to 14th in the league and put daylight between themselves and the relegation scrap. With Rotherham taking on rock bottom Wycombe, and the likes of Huddersfield, Birmingham and Derby all at sides in the top seven (Norwich, Brentford and Reading respectively), it’s an important match for Hughton’s men.

Team News

Nottingham Forest will be without Harry Arter who is set to miss the match with a calf injury, while Joe Lolley is out with a hamstring injury.

QPR’s Tom Carroll is out due to a knee problem, while Luke Amos and Charlie Owens continue to recover from their ACL and knee injuries respectively. Jordy de Wijs is also a doubt for the fixture as the Dutchman has a slight calf problem.

Last Time Out

The sides last met on the opening day of the season. After Nottingham Forest’s painful end to the previous campaign, which saw them drop out of the Play-Offs in the very last match, the Reds hoped to start the new season on a positive note.

It wasn’t meant to be for the Forest as Mark Warburton inflicted more misery on his former side. A Lyndon Dykes penalty on his debut, as well as a goal from Chair in the 94th minute secured QPR an opening day victory.

Ross Jones will be at the City Ground for Nottingham Forest’s clash with Queens Park Rangers on Easter Monday

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