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QPR start at home to Hull

Queens Park Rangers will mark their return to the Premier League by welcoming Hull City to Loftus Road on the opening day of the season.

Harry Redknapp's Hoops get underway on August 16 after making an immediate return to the English top flight courtesy of a last-gasp Wembley winner from Bobby Zamora in the Championship play-off final.

Their first capital derby comes a week later with a trip to White Hart Lane to face Redknapp's former club Tottenham, ahead of a west London derby against Chelsea on November 1.

Rangers make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium to face FA Cup holders Arsenal on Boxing Day, before welcoming Tony Pulis' Crystal Palace to Loftus Road two days later ahead of a New Year's Day clash with Swansea City.

QPR host fellow capital clubs Tottenham and Arsenal on February 28 and May 3 before Redknapp's side welcome west London rivals Chelsea to Loftus Road on April 11.

A challenging final month for QPR starts with trips to Anfield and the Etihad Stadium to face Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City in consecutive weeks.

The visit of Newcastle United follows before travelling to the Midlands to take on last season's Championship table-toppers Leicester City on the closing day of the season.

Opening three fixtures:

Hull City (h)Tottenham Hotspur (a)Sunderland (h)