NOTTINGHAM Forest are just outside the play-off places and have only lost three league games this campaign. Ahead of the R's trip to the City Ground we take a closer look at the opposition.
Age - 45
Previous clubs managed
Spain U16, Middlesbrough
Guided Middlesbrough to the Premier League in 2016 as they finished Runners-Up in the Championship.
Preferred managerial style
Pragmatic approach but more attacking this season
Managerial record at Nottingham Forest
Games 47 Wins 15 Draws 18 Lost 14
Aitor Karanka’s record against QPR
Games 4 Wins 3 Draws 0 Lost 1
Formation and tactical approach
Nottingham Forest play a 4-2-3-1 formation. Their defence is solid enough with their midfield full of creativity and flair players. Forest can rely on the services of the Championship’s top goalscorer Lewis Grabban who has netted on 14 occasions this term.
Last game and performance
Forest and fierce rivals Derby County played out a tightly contested draw at Pride Park on Monday evening. Derby perhaps edged the game in terms of possession and territory but Karanka’s side created the better chances – a draw ended up being a fair result.
Joe Lolley – Has been Forest’s go-to man this season in terms of creating chances and providing that little bit of extra quality in midfield. The winger has six goals and seven assists to his name.
One to Watch
Joao Carvalho – The Portuguese Under-21 international has put in some eye-catching performances this season and continues to impress with his clever passing and silky touches in and around the box.