To be played on Saturday 12th September 2015 at 12:30. Venue: Loftus Road Stadium, London
Odds: QPR 10/11, Draw 5/2, Forest 3/1
Success by a two-goal margin would be enough to lift Chris Ramsey’s side to the summit and make it four wins in a row for a side looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Charlie Austin, who remains at the club after a summer of intense speculation regarding his future, will be looking to lead the charge, with the England hopeful having already positioned himself at the top of the scoring charts with four goals so far.
Ex-Forest forward Jamie Mackie will play no part against his former employers as he nurses his way back to full fitness – with Wednesday’s home date with Blackburn Rovers pencilled in for his return – but James Perch and Paul Konchesky could line up against familiar foes.
QPR are starting to look like a settled unit and they will be determined to pick up where they left off before the international break.
The same cannot be said for Forest, who have gone three games since collecting their solitary victory of the campaign to date.
Dougie Freedman has, however, been working hard to bolster his ranks and will feel that – despite seeing Michail Antonio move on to West Ham United – he has recruited well and offered cause for optimism heading forward.
It could be a new-look Reds side that lines up at Loftus Road, with summer arrivals Matt Mills, Jamie Ward, Kyle Ebecilio and Daniel Pinillos joined at the City Ground by Chris O’Grady, Nelson Oliveira, Ryan Mendes and Jonny Williams.
Most of the fresh faces are likely to see competitive action this weekend, with it vital that Forest start to gel and build momentum behind what they hope will be a push towards the Championship’s top six.
Possible QPR XI: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Faurlin, Luongo, Tozser, Phillips, Austin, Chery.
Possible Forest XI: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Pinillos, Mancienne, Vaughan, Ward, Lansbury, Mendes, O’Grady.
“There’s a great buzz around the place with players hungry to do well for themselves and the club.”
“I am a manager who likes to give young players an opportunity, we have spoken before about the importance of having a strong academy set up. We have that here, but we cannot put too much pressure on these young players.”