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QPR 2016/17 EFL Championship fixtures: Rs host Leeds United on opening weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:22 22 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:54 22 June 2016

Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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QPR kick off their EFL Championship campaign at home to Leeds United - a side of course familiar to Rs boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 season.

The Dutchman, who spent two years as a player at Elland Road between 1997 and 1999, will be hoping to lead his side to victory over the Whites, in a game which will be televised on Sky Sports on Sunday August 7 (kick-off 12pm).

The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 victory for the hosts, with former Rangers striker Charlie Austin popping up with a second-half winner.

Rangers face trips to Cardiff and Barnsley in the weeks after, before hosting Preston North End on August 20 and ending the month with a trip to newly-promoted Wigan Athletic.

Hasselbaink faces another of his former teams, Burton Albion, in September, with the Rs making a trip to the Pirelli Stadium on the 27th.

QPR’s first derby fixture of the season comes at Craven Cottage on October 1, where they will take on a Fulham side, which like the Rs, harbour ambitions of pushing for promotion this season.

Hasselbaink’s men will be looking to erase the memory of last season’s 4-0 thrashing at the Cottagers, with the return game at Loftus Road on January 21.

Later that month they take on another close rival in the form of Brentford at Loftus Road (October 29). In the same fixture they won 3-0 last season, with Junior Hoilett, Sebastian Polter and Tjaronn Chery all on target in a rampant home win for the Rs.

November sees the Rs face trips to Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town, while they also play recently relegated Norwich City on November 19.

In an action packed December they play Wolves at the start and the end of the month, while Derby County and Aston Villa visit Loftus Road.

Hasselbaink’s men also visit Rotherham that month, while supporters can enjoy a relatively stress free day on Boxing Day, with a quick sprint down the A23 to the Amex Stadium, where they will play last season’s promotion surprise package Brighton & Hove Albion.

In January they have three home fixtures in W12, with Ipswich, the aforementioned Fulham and Wigan coming to town, while it will be a battle of the Hoops at the Madejski Stadium as Reading entertain QPR on January 14.

Rangers are on the road four times in February, starting with a midweek trip to Newcastle United on the 1st, before playing Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park three days later.

Huddersfield and Burton then follow at Loftus Road, before Hasselbaink’s men finish the month with games at Birmingham and Preston.

Following three games on home soil, Rangers have seven fixtures to prepare for in April, in a month which could be make or break for their season. Rangers then face away fixtures at Derby and Aston Villa, before hosting Brighton and then travelling to Bristol City. Rangers then make the short trip to Griffin Park on April 22, before hosting Nottingham Forest a week later in the penultimate game of the 2016/17 season.

Rangers end the campaign at Carrow Road on Sunday May 7 (12pm), where they take on Norwich, a side who will be fancied by many to bounce back from relegation at the first attempt and seal and immediate return to the top flight.


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