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The likely QPR XI Warburton is set to field v Forest this weekend

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Queens Park Rangers travel to Nottingham Forest in the Championship tomorrow.

Wins have been like London buses for QPR this season. They’ll go several games without one and get two on the bounce, so after ending a four-game winless run at home to Stoke City last time out, Mark Warburton will head to the City Ground in high-spirits.

It’s a ground with bad memories for the QPR boss though – he spent nine months in charge at Forest before being sacked on New Year’s Day in 2017.

He’ll want to prove his doubters at the City Ground wrong tomorrow, and rectify his sides 4-0 defeat at home to Forest earlier in the season.

Here we take a look at the likely starting line-up that Warburton will field tomorrow:

Warburton has named an unchanged side in their last two outings, so expect to see most keep their spots for this one – Liam Kelly will start in goal, with Yoann Barbet and Grant Hall as centre-backs in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Ryan Manning impressed against Stoke and will keep his spot on the left, but Angel Rangel could be dropped for Todd Kane – Rangel has performed well in the last two outings but coming up against a Forest side with good forward pace, the much-younger Kane might be preferred.

In the midfield two just in-front of the defence, the same could be said for Geoff Cameron – he too has started the last two, but the 34-year-old could make way for Luke Amos to return to the side tomorrow.

Amos will be partnered by Dom Ball, who’s been hugely impressive of late.

The midfield-three is where QPR create all their chances. Ebere Eze, after going missing for a number of weeks looks to be gaining form again. He’s been playing down the middle of the three, so expect to see him stay there, with Bright Osayi-Samuel on his left.

Marc Pugh is another veteran who’s come into the side and impressed of late, but it’s hard to see him starting a third time in-a-row for QPR, so expect to see Ilias Chair to fill in on the left – an unusual position for him, but he should fare well.

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Up-front will be Jordan Hugill. He’s QPR’s first-choice striker after Nahki Wells’ departure last month, and scored a good goal against Stoke.

It’ll make for an entertaining affair at the City Ground tomorrow, and both teams could easily snatch a win.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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