QPR take on Leeds, Live Stream from Loftus Road as Monk seeks first win opener

Leeds United travel to London to take on QPR in this Sunday’s opener from the Championship.

The Yorkshire outfit were rocked last weekend by a transfer request from last season’s player of the year, Charlie Taylor and it remains to be seen if the left-back is picked for duty.

New boss Gary Monk has made some shrewd signings the most impressive of which is Oxford midfielder Kemar Roofe and they will hope to make a strong start.

QPR have lost Leroy Fer and Matty Phillips; departures that would weaken any side and it remains to be seen how the new men settle in.

Sunday’s other game sees Aston Villa will begin life in the English Championship with a clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

Roberto di Matteo’s side are bidding to make an instant return to the Premier League and given their stature are one of the favourites for promotion.

The new manager has been relatively quiet in the transfer market with former Bournemouth star Tommy Elphick joining the likes of unknowns Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola in the squad.

The club were taken into new ownership over the summer and the first signs of the club’s spending power was demonstrated on the eve of the start of the league with the £12 million capture of Ross McCormack from Fulham.

A number of high profile names have left with Ciaran Clarke, Charles N’Zogbia, and Kieron Richardson all leaving.

It remains to be seen if McCormack will start on Sunday although if he is not ready the attacking threat for Villa is likely to come from Jordan Ayew. The forward was one of the few bright sparks for Villa last season.

Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile will hope to go one better than last season when they lost in the play-off final. The capture of Steven Fletcher from Sunderland means they will have the firepower to trouble most defences.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.