Both of these sides sit dangerously close to the relegation zone although Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers enjoy a two-point advantage over Notts Forest as we head into the penultimate game of the season. Mark Warburton is now the man in charge at the City Ground and he certainly has his work cut-out over the next couple of weeks. Nevertheless Forest enjoy a two point cushion between themselves and the bottom three in the Championship and following their hard-fought 3-2 win at home to promotion-hopefuls Reading last weekend, the Forest boss will be confident of collecting another three points at Loftus Road this weekend.
Nottingham Forest soared into a 3-0 lead at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon with two first-half goals from Assombalonga and a 54th minute strike from Mustapha Carayol. Reading responded with two goals from Yann Kermorgant but it was too little too late as the visitors waved goodbye to any slim hopes they had of ensuring automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Warburton’s men have been a mixed bag in recent weeks, however their weekend victory will have boosted spirits ahead of what is a crucial couple of weeks. A win for Forest this weekend would effectively secure their Championship status for another season while defeat for the visitors could send them further into the mire.
For their part, QPR have hardly impressed in recent outings. Indeed their form has been utterly abysmal with defeat in each of their last six Championship outings and we cannot back them with any confidence to get anything from this weekend’s clash. Forest may be three points adrift of the west Londoners but their recent performances have seen an improvement and this should prove to be the difference between the sides at Loftus Road this weekend.