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Queens Park Rangers vs. Hull City

Queens Park Rangers welcome Hull City to Loftus Road, in their first game back in the Premier League.

Harry Redknapp has managed to convince Rio Ferdinand to join the club, following his release from Manchester United.

Ferdinand’s partnership with Steven Caulker will go a long way to determining QPR’s fait this season.

Hull City’s Europa League commitments will have an effect on their season, after reaching last year’s FA Cup final.

The departure of Shane Long to Southampton is a blow, especially if Steve Bruce fails to find a replacement of the same quality.

Team news

Mauricio Isla will have to wait to make his R’s debut after joining on a season long loan deal from Juventus.

Loic Remy’s move to Liverpool fell through and may be named on the substitutes bench, despite a preference to leave.

Nikica Jelavic will play alongside Sone Aluko up front, whom has had an excellent pre-season for the Tigers.

Robbie Brady’s first Premier League season was hampered by injury and the former Manchester United will be looking to feature more this time around.

QPR (3-4-1-2): Green, Caulker, Ferdinand, Dunne, Simpson, Faurlin, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Mutch, Austin, Hoilett
Hull (3-4-1-2): McGregor, Chester, Davies, Bruce, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Brady, Snodgrass, Jelavic, Aluko

Stoke City vs. Aston Villa

Stoke City will be looking for a repeat showing of last season, when Mark Hughes guided them to their best Premier League finish.

Aston Villa flirted with relegation, however managed to survive, although they are expected to struggle again this time around.

Hughes has added well over the summer without spending big, with Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Phil Bardsley all impressive deals.

Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos have joined Villa Park, along with Aly Cissokho, who has arrived after a loan spell with Liverpool.

Team news

The majority of Stoke City’s summer signings will start from the off on Saturday, including Bojan who has enjoyed pre-season at the Britannia.

Robert Huth struggled for fitness last campaign and he once again may miss out, with Marc Wilson set to partner Ryan Shawcross.

Paul Lambert looks set to give Alan Hutton, Charles N’Zogbia and Darren Bent second chances, despite all close to leaving the club.

Christian Benteke hasn’t recovered from the injury that ended his World Cup hopes, meaning Gabriel Agbonlahor will lead the line.

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, N’Zonzi, Sidwell, Bojan, Ireland, Arnautovic, Diouf
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Vlaar, Cissokho, N’Zogbia, Delph, Westwood, Richardson, Agbonlahor, Bent

Sunderland vs. West Brom

Both Sunderland and West Brom came close to going down last season, however had enough and survived with a game to go.

In Gus Poyet’s first full season in charge of Sunderland, the Black Cats will be hopeful that they will avoid another fight against the drop.

West Brom’s appointment of Alan Irvine came as a shock to many, although the former Preston man succeeds Pepe Mel.

Irvine managed to convince Joleon Lescott to join West Brom on a free transfer, following his release from Manchester City.

Team news
Sunderland’s big summer signing in Jack Rodwell is likely to make his debut from the off, partnering Lee Cattermole in the midfield.

Connor Wickham’s future has been in doubt, however Poyet looks set to keep a hold of the youngster, who helped keep Sunderland in the league last season.

West Brom will give debuts to Andre Wisdom and Craig Gardner, although record signing Ideye Brown unlikely to feature.

Lescott has been ruled out through injury, whilst Claudio Yacob may not start with his future still undecided.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Mannone, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt, Cattermole, Rodwell, Johnson, Gomez, Wickham, Fletcher
West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Baird, Dorrans, Gardner, Brunt, Berahino

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