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  • August 16, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: C. Pawson
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Premier League Preview: QPR - Hull City

The R's returned to the top flight via Wembley after their playoff final victory over Derby and will be hoping for three points in their return against the Tigers.

Harry Redknapp has called on QPR to emulate Hull City's efforts in the Premier League ahead of a season opener against Steve Bruce's men.

Bruce guided Hull to a 16th-place finish in its return to the top flight last season and also oversaw a run to the FA Cup final — in which it was ultimately defeated by Arsenal in extra time.

Having gained promotion from the Championship via a 1-0 playoff final victory over Derby County in May, QPR is preparing to do battle with the elite once again.

Hull will provide the opposition at Loftus Road on Saturday as the Premier League gets back underway and Redknapp feels his team could do far worse than follow the lead of the Tigers.

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"Hull are an example of how you should do it when you get promoted," Redknapp said at his pre-match news conference on Thursday. "It is good to start with a home match but it will be a tough game. I was impressed with Hull last season. Steve Bruce has bought well, they [Hull's signings] were buys of a man who knew what he was doing — no-brainer deals."

Redknapp could field a new center back pairing after signing veteran Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker in the offseason, while Mauricio Isla and Jordon Mutch are also in line to make their QPR bows.

Loic Remy will also feel like a new signing for QPR. The France international — who spent last season on loan at Newcastle United — looked set to move to Liverpool last month, but the deal fell through after Remy reportedly failed a medical.

Remy could be involved against Hull, but Redknapp confirmed midfielder Adel Taarabt, who has returned from a loan stint at Milan, will not play as he is unfit and wants to leave the club.

Hull has already returned to competitive action, securing a two-leg victory over Slovakian outfit Trencin in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

With a maiden European campaign providing the potential for a congested fixture list, Bruce has reinforced his squad by bringing in wingers Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass, as well as defenders Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson, while Jake Livermore has signed a permanent deal following a successful season on loan from Tottenham.

Shane Long completed a move to Southampton on Thursday, just seven months after joining Hull from West Brom. However, with the striker's sale bringing a reported windfall of 12 million pounds, Bruce will have funds available to find a suitable replacement.

Hull has a near full-strength squad to pick from, but Yannick Sagbo is unavailable, having been suspended for two matches in June following comments he made regarding Nicolas Anelka's use of the quenelle gesture.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

Hull City

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
Hull City AFC HUL
Hull City AFC Hull City
44%
30%
26%

Top 3 Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 1
Hull City AFC HUL
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 1
Hull City AFC HUL
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 0
Hull City AFC HUL

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