Queens Park Rangers season predictions: Promotion might be a tough ask

Inside Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers will be looking to bounce straight back to the Premier League, but have they got the right squad for the battle?

Queens Park Rangers will start the season amongst the strongest sides in the Championship, but England's second tier is notoriously difficult to predict.

The West London side will look to continue to build under the guidance of Chris Ramsey and bounce straight back to the top flight at the first opportunity.

Prediction: 5th.

Freddie Shires: Chris Ramsey did some good work over the second half of last season and, with the likes of Massimo Luongo and Tjaronn Chery coming in, they should at least be play-off contenders – regardless of whether Charlie Austin leaves or not.

Damien Lucas: Chris Ramsey is removed halfway through a disappointing season back in the second tier for QPR and without any real investment due to financial restrictions the West Londoners struggle to mount a serious promotion challenge.

Mathew Nash: Chris Ramsay is doing a good job with the QPR team. He is shredding deadweight but bringing in good honest talent. That should see them fight back to the Premier League.

Che Thomas: There is definitely enough at Loftus Road to see the R’s into the playoffs as well, but with Chris Ramsey taking charge of his first full season, much will depend on how he navigates the Championship. If they can keep Charlie Austin, QPR would be good shouts for automatic promotion, but I can’t see him staying.

Stephen Pickering: Chris Ramsey has it all to prove and Rangers’ promotion push could depend on his ability to motivate his side. The losing mentality can be a hard one shift, but the squad is full of quality that can achieve promotion. Key player: Charlie Austin.

Tim Poole: The R's need to restabilise and promotion might be a tough ask but a sensible summer (for a change) means a good season looks likely

Billy Hawkins: A season of stability will see them far off the play-offs, but will be good for them in the long run.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

Here it is:

Middlesbrough

Derby County

Hull City

Burnley

QPR

Wolves

Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United

Brentford

Fulham

Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City

Nottingham Forest

Reading

Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Cardiff City

Charlton Athletic

Brighton

MK Dons

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Huddersfield Town

Preston North End

Rotherham United

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