IT’S just over six weeks until QPR return to competitive action in the Sky Bet Championship and we now know that Reading will be the visitors to Loftus Road for the first game of the season in W12.
With the fixtures released earlier this morning, we look at the five major talking points ahead of the R’s 2017/18 campaign.
ON PAPER …
On paper, at least, QPR have been handed a challenging opening schedule to the new campaign, facing three of last season’s top eight (Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich) in our first five league games. The Hoops also host Hull City – who were relegated from the Premier League – early on.
In the year that QPR celebrate 100 years of playing at Loftus Road, our home clash against Ipswich Town on September 9th falls one day after the significant milestone of the R's first-ever match at our famous home. This should be a special occasion and certainly not one of the 23 home league games you’d want to miss!
Just a few days after the anniversary, we face our first London derby of the season against Millwall at Loftus Road. Let’s not forget that Millwall were the last team that Ian Holloway managed. Later in September, we play Fulham at Loftus Road, but have to wait until the middle of November before facing our other west London rivals, Brentford.
CHRISTMAS IS KIND
The festive Christmas period has been relatively kind to Rangers supporters in terms of clocking up miles. Just before the festivities begin, we’ll face Bristol City at home and then on Boxing Day travel to Suffolk to take on Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town side – a round trip of just under 200 miles. A short journey to Millwall follows on December 30th, with Cardiff City at home being the first fixture of 2018.
Having been undefeated against Leeds United last season with one win and a draw, QPR will end the domestic league season in West Yorkshire on May 6th. The penultimate match of the season sees Ian Holloway’s side host Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City at Loftus Road.