Saturday will see an all-Championship FA Cup Third Round tie at the City Ground between Nottingham Forest and QPR.
With neither side looking like they will trouble the top or the bottom of the division, both sides may see the FA Cup as an exciting chance to make this season one to remember.
With just 1 point separating the two sides in the league, it is very difficult to predict who will emerge victorious between Dougie Freedman and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Here are THREE things to look out for in the match:
1) Henri Lansbury
The Nottingham Forest captain has been reportedly monitored by Saturday’s opposition this transfer window, so he will be keen to prove his worth.
The 25-year-old has been an integral part of the Forest side since his move in 2012, despite the numerous managerial turnovers. He will hope to show Hasselbaink exactly what type of player is after with a good display on Saturday.
It is also worth bearing in mind that Lansbury scored at Loftus Road earlier this season too in a Forest win.
2) Alejandro Faurlin
Charlie Austin may steal the headlines, but Faurlin is also a real fans’ favourite at Loftus Road, and will be an important player should Hasselbaink choose to field a strong side.
Having been ravaged by injury over the last few years, Faurlin is finally looking like getting back to the player he was under Neil Warnock.
He was a vital part of the QPR team that won promotion to the Premier League in 2011. Adding real class and guile to Hasselbaink’s midfield, he will be key if the R’s are to emerge victorious.
3) History points to a Forest win
There are 2 glaring statistics that show that QPR may have real difficulties in this game. Firstly QPR have never won a game at Nottingham Forest after 31 appearances.
That quite incredible record has 2 opportunities to be broken as the 2 sides are yet to meet in the league at the City Ground, but it shows that QPR really do not enjoy playing on this ground.
Secondly, the R’s also have a miserable recent history in the FA Cup, having only made the fourth round twice in the last 12 years, and having never got further than that. These statistics may point to a routine home run, but records such as there are always there to be broken!
Nottingham Forest and QPR fans…What are your predictions for the match? Will Forest continue their good form over QPR? Can the Hoops’ end their miserable run at the City Ground? Let us know what you think in the comments below!