Nottm Forest v QPR preview

Team news for the Championship game between Nottingham Forest and QPR at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Last Updated: 12/11/10 at 12:08   

Blackstock: Hoping to feature against QPR

Blackstock: Hoping to feature against QPR

Nottingham Forest have no new problems as they attempt to become the first team to beat QPR in the Championship.

But boss Billy Davies faces some selection problems, the biggest of which is whether to recall club captain Paul McKenna. The experienced midfielder was dropped to the bench against Coventry in midweek after missing training on Monday due to a family issue.

Striker Dexter Blackstock, also among the substitutes on Tuesday night, is another eying-up a return to the starting line-up against his former club.

Davies, whose only injury absentee remains defender Kelvin Wilson (back), has seen his side go unbeaten at the City Ground in 27 games and is confident the Reds can knock QPR out of their stride.

"We will be ready for them," said the Scot. "QPR are one of the big boys now in this division and they will play with confidence. It is a good test, a great test in fact."

QPR will put their unbeaten record on the line at Nottingham Forest without defenders Bradley Orr and Matt Connolly.

Right-back Orr is in the middle of a three-match ban following his sending-off against Reading last Saturday and centre-half Connolly serves a one-game suspension after seeing red at Portsmouth in midweek.

With Fitz Hall short of fitness after a hamstring injury, Clint Hill could move from left-back into the centre with Gary Borrowdale or Mikele Leigertwood drafted into the back four.

Striker Heidar Helguson has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury and is unlikely to be risked.

Gavin Mahon, Georgios Tofas (both hamstring), Akos Buzsaky, Peter Ramage and Lee Cook (all knee) are still missing, although the latter has been pencilled in for a reserve outing soon.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall
N Forest v Birmingham
Watford v Ipswich
Monday, 21 April 2014
Birmingham v Blackburn  
Brighton v Blackpool  
Burnley v Wigan  
Derby v Barnsley  
Ipswich v Bournemth  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 43 -1 62
10 Blackburn 43 3 61
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Charlton 42 -24 42
21 Blackpool 43 -27 42
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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