Back Redknapp's QPR to survive - But what else does the season have in store?

Harry Redknapp

HITC Sport runs the rule over Queens Park Rangers' upcoming Premier League campaign. How will the Rs do this term?

Reasons to be positive

It is a new dawn at Loftus Road. The troubles that plagued Harry Redknapp's side the last time they were in the Premier League seem an age ago - and all seems stable at a club that has been anything but in the last few years.

As such, there is plenty to look forward to for QPR fans this term. New signings look calculated - Jordon Mutch, Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand and Mauricio Isla - and existing players have been rewarded for their good form - Rob Green, Armand Traore, Bobby Zamora and Alejandro Faurlin.

Stability, then, could finally be the order of the day in west London, during a season where Premier League survival has to be seen as the sole goal.

Trouble on the horizon

Things are never plain sailing at QPR, of course, and the forthcoming campaign will likely present its fair share of hurdles.

The club are still paying huge wages all round, with someone like Adel Taarabt earning £65,000 a week. Not only could such high salaries cause discontent with lower-earning - and perhaps harder-working - players, they could inflate egos and reduce work-rates.

In general, the Rs have a huge squad and keeping everyone happy will be a tough challenge for Redknapp. If heads go down, QPR could fall into another winless run just like two years ago. The key will be maintaining momentum and the team working for each other as a whole, both on and off the pitch.

Top scorer: Loic Remy

In truth, there are two answers to this question. If Remy stays at Loftus Road this term - which is looking increasingly likely - the Frenchman's Premier League experience should see him finish the Rs' top scorer.

If Remy leaves, however, Charlie Austin looks more than capable of filling the void.

Will the manager last the season? Yes!

The last time Redknapp completed a season in the Premier League, he was sacked for finishing fourth but still failing to make the Champions League, due to Chelsea qualifying at the expense of Tottenham after winning the competition outright.

Suffice to say, the 67-year-old's job will be safe if he gets anywhere near repeating such an achievement this time around. In fact, 17th place will probably do the job.

Verdict: 14th

All in all, there is no reason this shouldn't be a good campaign for the Rs. Memories will linger from the forgettable season of two years ago - but things seem different this time around.

For starters, Redknapp is in charge of a Premier League campaign from the very beginning, while the club appear to have learned from their scattergun approach to transfers of yesteryear. So expect some upsets against bigger sides and, most importantly, survival.

Where do you think QPR will finish this season?

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