Neil Warnock may have landed the Championship title with Queens Park Rangers last season, although the Hoops manager is among the favourites to win the infamous Premier League Sack Race market, with the club’s rich owners seemingly reluctant to splash out on new players despite Rangers’ promotion to the big time.
Jay Bothroyd and DJ Campbell are the two notable acquisitions at Loftus Road, although the west London side have done little to strengthen their defensive line and it is unlikely that Danny Gabbidon will add much more steel to the rearguard.
Even so, the fixture computer has handed QPR with a winnable opening match against Bolton and you can get 7/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) that the home side claim a priceless victory which will start moving them towards that magical 40-point mark.
Bothroyd was a shining light for Cardiff last season and the striker will want to get back into the England squad, with Victor Chandler offering 13/2 that he opens the scoring on his debut. Likewise, DJ Campbell wants to be knocking on Mr Capello’s door ahead of Euro 2012 and there is 6/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) that the former Blackpool striker breaks the deadlock.
Bolton dipped badly towards the end of last season and they have so far been unsuccessful when it comes to replacing Johan Elmander or Daniel Sturridge. Even so, Betfred offer 11/5 if you think Wanderers will make their class tell against the Premier League new boys and they have so far been successful in keeping Gary Cahill at the back.
The Lancashire side liked to keep things tight on the road last season and a draw would not be a bad opening result for Owen Coyle’s team, with the 11/5 (Paddy Power) being more attractive than backing the home or away team to win this one.