Date: August 16, 2014
Venue: Loftus Road, London, England
Time: 15:00 BST
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Two relegation contenders are set to battle on the opening matchday of the Premier League. QPR are hoping to not go straight back down for the second time in 3 years, while Hull will be looking to continue their run in the top flight.
Both teams have been very busy in the transfer window, and they will now be hoping they made the right moves during the summer.
QPR’s preseason friendly that was the most telling – because it was the closest to the start of the season and because it was the best opposition that they played – came last weekend against PAOK. They lost that match 1-0.
Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker made their debuts in that game, while Robert Green impressed in goal and Jordan Mutch did well in attack.
Hull City’s preseason has been excellent, and their confidence will be bolstered by the fact that they were able to defeated AS Trencin 2-1 on aggregate and advance to the Europa League playoff round.
QPR: Rio Ferdinand
The former Manchester United defender will have to use whatever gas he has left in the tank in order to partner another old defender – Steven Caulker – and stop the dynamic attacking lines of the Premier League.
Ferdinand’s first test will come against Hull, who have the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Nikita Jelavic, and Tom Ince up front.
Hull: Tom Ince
The aforementioned Tom Ince has been linked to the Premiership for quite a while, and he finally moved there this summer. The former Blackpool midfielder is likely to start the match against QPR, and it will be interesting to see if he can use his youthful exuberance to get past the likes of the aforementioned Ferdinand and Caulker.
Hull City’s pre-season has been better, and it looks like QPR haven’t learned their lesson – signing veteran, quality players for high wages is not as effective as using youth products. Hull will be favourites to win this one and are best priced 3.2 for their victory.
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