The Championship’s avowed mid-tablers meet in west London as QPR host Leeds, the 12th and 13th-placed sides in the 24-team table last term, when just a point separated the pair.
Bearing that in in mind, with both sides enjoying relatively stress-free summers after years of tumult, punters may opt for the draw at 23/10, as two of the past four runnings of this fixture at Loftus Road have seen the spoils shared, with the other two one-goal wins for each side.
However, the Hoops have had the best of recent engagements all told, with two draws and two wins, the most recent coming at home last term, since the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
Furthermore, QPR would have finished eighth last season if only home form counted, with six sides in the Championship losing fewer games at headquarters than Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men’s four.
Leeds weren’t bad away, finishing tenth in the table by the reverse metric, largely due to a considerable number of draws, but with new boss Garry Monk becoming the fifth man to take charge at Elland Road over a 24-month period, they look risky in these circumstances.
The new gaffer has done decent business bringing in defender Kyle Bartley on loan from old club Swansea, but a manager who lost four of his last five games in charge of the Premier League outfit, and eight of his last 12, can hardly be relied upon to start producing form.
On balance, the form book tips slightly away from Leeds, leaving Monk’s new charges 11/5 outsiders, and QPR worthy favourites at 23/20.
Six of the past seven games between these two have seen less than three goals struck, reflected in 17/20 favourite odds about under 2.5 here.
Opening days can throw up strange tallies, but both QPR and Leeds’ 2015/16 openers saw the 2.5-goal line limboed, so this looks safe.