QPR could surprise a few teams in opening six Championship games

Steve McClaren poses for a photo, as he is officially unveiled as the Queens Park Rangers new manager at Loftus Road on May 21, 2018 in London, England.

Queens Park Rangers have a tough-looking set of fixtures to kick-off their 2018/19 Championship campaign.

 

Queens Park Rangers kick off their 2018/19 Championship campaign against Preston North End next month, with Steve McClaren gearing up for his first game in charge of the west Londoners. 

The trip to Deepdale on 4 August pits McClaren against Alex Neil's side, who only narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season. Preston will be hoping they can improve this time round and have recruited a number of talented players already, so QPR will need to be at their best to take anything away from the game; a ground they normally falter at.

Steve McClaren poses for a photo, as he is officially unveiled as the Queens Park Rangers new manager at Loftus Road on May 21, 2018 in London, England.

Sheffield United are the first visitors to Loftus Road and the Rangers faithful will want to see their side get off to a winning start.

A fortuitous 1-0 victory last season saw QPR go on and record some famous home victories last season. Nonetheless, the Blades will likely be a strong force in the Championship this season so it will be a tough encounter and McClaren will need a positive result to get the fans onside. 

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A trip to the Hawthorns follows for the Super Hoops in what typically looks like one of the Championship's hardest games on paper. Historically, QPR have done well against West Brom but the Baggies are trying to prime themselves for an immediate return to the Premier League. It is hard to see the R's getting a result this time. 

Back-to-back home games against Bristol City and Wigan Athletic will likely shape McClaren's early season work as both teams will likely try to frustrate the hosts and it will be intriguing to see how the 57-year-old approaches the games.  

 

A trip to Birmingham City is next up and the Londoners will have to be at their very best against a side who are desperate to start climbing the league. 

There is no denying it will be a tough and arduous task for QPR and McClaren in their first six games but there is certainly the opportunity to mix it with some of the leagues more fancied sides and collect some points along the way. 

 

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