Betting preview: Riled up Rangers looking to cut down Forest

After a controversial League Cup exit we’re expecting a positive reaction from QPR, but it won’t be easy against in-form Nottingham Forest.

When it comes to the worst ways you can lose a football match, an unsuccessful penalty shootout and an incorrectly disallowed goal are certainly right up there, so spare a thought for QPR fans who had to endure both in their clash with Sunderland this week.

The decision to disallow Charlie Austin's last-gasp strike for offside gets worse every time you look at it and after the game finished 0-0 the writing was on the wall for the demoralised hosts when Yoann Barbet put their first penalty of the shootout closer to row Z than the top corner.

However, Rangers have a quickfire opportunity to get that result out of their system and we're guessing manager Mark Warburton won't have to say too much in his pre-match speech when they face Nottingham Forest!

The hosts will need to play far better against a Forest side rejuvenated under Steve Cooper, and we're expecting an entertaining encounter to start the weekend off in style.

When: Friday, October 29, 7.45pm BST

Where: Kiyan Bridge Foundation Stadium

How to watch: Sky Sports

Best bets for QPR vs Nottingham Forest

QPR to win

Over 2.5 goals

Lyndon Dykes to score anytime

Lewis Grabban to score anytime

QPR to bounce back?

QPR

QPR's midweek slipup was unexpected as Mark Warburton's men have been in imperious form at home this season, winning their last three and tasting defeat just once in seven matches at the Kiyan Bridge Foundation Stadium.

Rangers have averaged two goals a game in that home winning streak and when it comes to goals scored home and away, only Fulham have netted more than the men from West London.

However, Forest are no slouches on the road as they have not lost away from home in the league since August and have won four in a row on their travels, scoring ten goals in the process.

This is a tricky match to call but whatever the result we reckon there will be plenty of goalmouth action, with over 2.5 goals our first selection.

Last three meetings between QPR and Nottingham Forest

Notts Forest 3-1 QPR (Championship - April 5, 2021)

Going into this match Forest were in the midst of a relegation scrap after a season to forget, but they edged nearer to Championship safety after a convincing win at the City Ground.

Alex Mighten opened the scoring just before the break and goals from Lewis Grabban and James Garner put the game to bed with 20 minutes still left to play, with a late Lyndon Dykes strike nothing but a consolation for the visitors.

QPR 2-0 Notts Forest (Championship - September 12, 2020)

Lyndon Dykes QPR Jul21

Lyndon Dykes made a dream debut for Rangers, winning and scoring a penalty before notching an assist for an Ilias Chair goal.

It could have been more for QPR as Rob Dickie's early strike was ruled out for a foul, while the visitors were left to rue a string of chances missed by Lewis Grabban.

Ryan Yates also hit the bar as Forest chased an equaliser in the latter stages of the game, but Chair's late second tied things up and ensured QPR recorded their first home win over Forest in four attempts.

The win was also a special one for Rangers boss Mark Warburton, who tasted victory over his former club Forest for the first time as QPR boss.

Notts Forest 0-0 QPR (Championship - February 22, 2020)

Promotion-chasing Forest missed the chance to move up to third in the Championship as QPR earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw at the City Ground.

Forest could have no complaints after mustering just two efforts on target all game, but they were mightily unlucky to have a Joe Worrall header ruled out because the wind had caused the ball to move while Joe Lolley was taking a corner.

QPR offered little other than some flashes of skill from Eberechi Eze that showed why a move to the Premier League was not too far away, and Mark Warburton's men would have been relieved to return to west London with a point.

Last five head-to-heads

QPR wins: 1

Draws: 1

Nottingham Forest wins: 3

QPR goals: 3

Nottingham Forest goals: 8

Forest fire to be extinguished

Steve Cooper Nottingham Forest Sep21

Steve Cooper has transformed Forest's fortunes since taking over at the City Ground just over a month ago, but the signs are that the honeymoon period may be over after a 4-0 drubbing at home to Fulham last time out.

Even prior to that game the bubble looked like it could have burst as it took one of the most remarkable comebacks of the season to defeat Bristol City, with two injury time goals snatching a last-gasp victory from the jaws of defeat.

Forest were lucky to escape with a win at Ashton Gate and we fear for the visitors once again against a fired-up QPR side who are not only one of the best in the division at home but still seething from the injustice of Tuesday night.

And roared on by a raucous crowd at the Kiyan Bridge Foundation Stadium we reckon they will put things right with a win that would take them up to fourth in the Championship table.

Goalscorer bets for QPR vs Nottingham Forest

Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi closing in on Nottingham Forest returns

While no one will be trying harder to find the net than Charlie Austin on Friday night, it's Lyndon Dykes who is our recommended goalscorer selection.

Dykes has been in good form for club and country this campaign, netting five goals for QPR and four for Scotland, and he also seems to have a liking for playing Forest having netted against them in both games last season.

The Scotsman's first-ever goal for QPR came in his debut last season against Forest in a man of the match performance on the opening day, and we're banking on those happy memories spurring Dykes on to great things once again.

And speaking of in-form goalscorers, Lewis Grabban is also enjoying a stellar campaign for Forest, particularly away from home where he has netted in three of Forest's last four matches.

The Forest midfielder has also scored five in his last nine games and we're backing that run to continue here, in what should be an open encounter in west London.

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