QPR v Blackpool
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Saturday, 8 August 2009
Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR v Blackpool 1500
QPR 50% Blackpool 50% Shots on target
QPR 0 Blackpool 0 Shots off target
QPR 0 Blackpool 0 Corners
QPR 0 Blackpool 0 Fouls
QPR 0 Blackpool 0 Coca Cola Championship
Venue: Loftus Road Date: Saturday, 8 August 2009 Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio, Final Score & highlights on The Football League Show
Ian Holloway (r) returns to QPR, who are now managed by Jim Magilton
QPR's Matt Connolly (calf) is likely to play at left-back if passed fit, while Akos Buzsaky and Mikele Leigertwood could both be included in the squad.
Angelo Balanta is set to start and Fitz Hall looks like getting the nod over Damion Stewart at the back, but new boy Alejandro Faurlin will not feature.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is without Danny Coid and Stephen McPhee.
His squad includes new signings Charlie Adam, Neal Eardley, Jason Euell, Ishmael Demontagnac and Billy Clarke.
A good start to the season is crucial - especially if you manage QPR, who begin the campaign with yet another man in charge.
Barring a disastrous set of opening results, Jim Magilton should keep his job for longer than his predecessors. But he may need to hit the ground running in order to keep the support of key board members.
Former QPR player and manager Holloway is always guaranteed a warm welcome back to Loftus Road.
Holloway starts his Blackpool reign aiming to upset the club he left under a cloud in 2006 and is looking to restore his reputation after Leicester's relegation under him last year.
• Blackpool have only won three of 23 league and cup matches against QPR.
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• Blackpool's only ever victory at Loftus Road was a 1-0 win in February 1972 - Rodney Marsh's last appearance there for QPR.
• Of the 15 ex-Premier League clubs in the Championship, Rangers have now been outside the top division the longest. They were relegated in 1996.
• Jim Magilton is one of 18 new managers in the top four divisions this season but, with seven managers in five seasons, QPR have the biggest turnover in the Championship.
• If selected, defender Damion Stewart will be making his 150th club career start, while Kaspars Gorkss is set to face his former club.
• Blackpool are one of at least six Championship clubs starting the season with a new boss, as Ian Holloway takes up his fifth managerial job.
• The Tangerines have lost their opening league fixture in all but one of the last nine seasons.
MOST RECENT MEETING
Blackpool 0-3 QPR 27 January 2009
QPR scorers: Helguson 17, 58 (pen), Ephraim 90.