Struggling Nottingham Forest welcome mid-table Queens Park Rangers to the City Ground tomorrow afternoon hoping to reverse a disappointing start to the championship season.
Forest currently sit 20th in the division on 15 points with 15 fixtures having been played under new manager, Philippe Montanier.
Pressure has been building on the new boss amid talk of an imminent takeover this week although it is understood that Montanier will be given more time to put his stamp on the team.
One man almost certain to be heading for the Forest exit door is chairman and current owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, as a £50m deal to sell the club to an American consortium led by businessman John Jay Moores is being finalised.
In a statement about the takeover bid released on Forest’s official website, Al Hasawi revealed: “We expect this process to last between 6 to 8 weeks, but are working to close this deal as soon as possible.”
He added: “Over this period, we will continue to work together to make decisions in the best long-term interests of the football club.”
The prospective takeover would see Forest fall into the hands of an experienced sports team entrepreneur, with Moores being the former owner of the San Diego Padres baseball franchise.
Forest fans will be praying that a change of ownership can inspire a change in results after watching their team endure an underwhelming start to the campaign.
The reds have recorded just one win from their past 10 league games, while QPR will also be looking to recover from a difficult run of form after losing their past two league games.
In team news, Thomas Lam and Hildeberto Pereira return from suspension for Forest and could be in contention to start while QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink may opt to shuffle his line up following two consecutive league defeats.
Forest coach Philippe Montanier may be boosted with the option to start Britt Assombalomga after recent calf injuries have confined the striker to the substitute’s bench, after Montanier suggested that Assombalonga could provide the goals his team are lacking.
Both teams will be desperate to turnaround their season come 3pm tomorrow as this clash promises to be competitive.