Ian Holloway makes bold QPR prediction... not so optimistic about Nottingham Forest

The former Queens Park Rangers boss has been previewing the west London side's Championship clash with Nottingham Forest, as well as both clubs' seasons...

Ian Holloway feels QPR will beat Nottingham Forest this weekend and has tipped the Loftus Road outfit for promotion this season, according to his regular Sky Sports prediction column.

The R's have started their league campaign well, winning their last three games on the bounce and seeing striker Charlie Austin top the goalscoring charts early on.

Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, have toiled somewhat and the pundit & former manager believes things will remain difficult for Dougie Freedman's men.

Holloway told Sky Sports: "If Charlie Austin plays another year, I think he'll help QPR get back up, I really do fancy their chances. I think they've had a good start. Tjaronn Chery's looking good off Austin but with Matt Phillips still being there as well, I can only see them being too strong for Forest. A centre-forward who scores goals is just scary.

"This time last year, Forest were top of the league with Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio up front and everyone was buzzing. Now with a transfer embargo, it's all very difficult..."

Nottingham Forest's start to their Championship campaign does suggest it could be a tough season for the Midlands outfit - and it begs the question of whether Stuart Pearce blew their best possible chance of promotion last term.

After heavy investment in the likes of Assombalonga and Antonio, Forest had built up one of their best squads in years. That said, the City Ground club have been busy strengthening the side with loan deals in recent days.

As for QPR, there is every reason to be optimistic. Like always, though, Tony Fernandes and co need to show the same sensible approach if they do get promoted. Under (and before) Harry Redknapp, going up wasn't the problem - it was how the R's responded after doing so.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch