QPR are a good price at 83/100 to get their Championship campaign off to a flyer against Sheffield Wednesday and after capturing the signature of Charlie Austin this week Harry Redknapp will be confident that his new-look squad have what it takes to gain promotion at the first attempt.
Austin follows proven Premier League powerhouses Karl Henry and Richard Dunne into Loftus Road, while former Manchester United and Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson has also been snapped up on a free.
Despite the former Tottenham manager’s presence at the helm the R’s failed to show measurable improvement over the course of last season, and high-earning misfits Jose Bosingwa, Djibril Cisse and Ji-Sung Park have already been shown the door with more departures likely to follow.
Redknapp proved when winning promotion with Portsmouth that he knows how to build a side to get out of this league and with Rob Green, Dunne, Henry and Austin forming a strong spine they should justify favouritism at 11/2 and top the pile this season.
Austin has helped himself to 41 Championship goals over the past two seasons at Burnley and the six-foot-two 24-year-old will look to get on the end of a few Junior Hoilett crosses at his new club.
After missing out on a move to the Premier League when failing a medical at Hull, Austin will be eager to ensure that his absence from the top flight is as brief as possible.
The West Londoners have an array of attacking options to choose from with Shaun Wright-Phillips, Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy all still on the payroll, while old pros Clint Hill and Shaun Derry should find the Championship challenge more to their liking.
The Hoops are 2/1 to be promoted back to top flight and if they can adapt to the demands of English footballs second tier with minimum fuss they should have the quality and strength in depth to dominate the division.