QPR to shine and Derby to fall in our Saturday Championship acca

Championship soccer returned on Friday night with Bournemouth and West Brom playing out a 2-2 draw. Nine more games will follow this Saturday, here's who Planet Sport fancies for our acca.

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Here we go…

Blackburn Rovers 15:00 Swansea City

It's been a long time since Blackburn beat Swansea in a league game. In fact, it's been so long that the last time it happened, both these clubs were plying their trade in the Premier League.

Speaking of long time, it's been over a decade since Rovers kicked off a season with a win.

But despite the stats being firmly stacked against the hosts, our recommendation is to back them at 23/20.

Swansea recently appointed a new manager in Russell Martin and it may take them a while before they're firing on all cylinders.

What's more, Ewood Park isn't exactly a happy hunting ground for the Swans having only managed one away win over Blackburn in 20 visits.

Bristol City 15:00 Blackpool

Blackpool are back in the Championship and they'll be hoping to make a better go of it than last time. Anyone remember that dreaded 2014/15 campaign?

The Seasiders ended stone dead last with four wins and a measly 26 points to their name.

This, however, is a different Blackpool side - one that has managed to iron out off-field issues and put together a half-decent squad.

Bristol City, on the other hand, will be hoping to start this season a lot better than they ended the last one.

Nigel Pearson's men failed to win any of their last ten league games and slumped to a 19th placed finish.

Blackpool may be the underdogs in this one but there's no reason why they can't at least hold their opponents to a draw.

Cardiff City 15:00 Barnsley

Since Mick McCarthy took over at Cardiff, no Championship club lost fewer games than the Bluebirds.

The Welsh outfit seem to be in the ascendency which is something that cannot be said about their opponents.

For Barnsley this has been a summer of losses. After losing their manager to Championship rivals West Brom, the club also went on to lose their captain Alex Mowatt, defender Michael Sollbauer, forward Conor Chaplin and even midfielder Marcel Ritzmaier.

This is shaping up to be a tough campaign for the Tykes and former Red, McCarthy, will be ready to take full advantage.

Derby County 15:00 Huddersfield Town

Many are fearing the worst for Derby County ahead of this new Championship season.

The club are awash with off-field issues while their manager, Wayne Rooney, has also faced his share of controversies.

Rooney's side are scrambling for players yet despite this, they're currently 5/2 in the betting.

If Huddersfield Town are to win three points anywhere this season, it's going to be here. Back the Terriers.

Luton Town 15:00 Peterborough United

Luton enjoyed a strong season last year finishing 12th - their best finish since 2006.

The loss of James Collins though will not be an easy pill to swallow. The player topped Luton's goalscoring charts in three of his four seasons there, bagging 68 goals in 174 appearances.

Cameron Jerome, at 34-years-old, has been drafted in as a temporary solution but he may need reinforcements if Town are hoping to better their previous league finish.

Peterborough United, meanwhile, were promoted as League One runners-up. Many are tipping the side for immediate relegation and it's no surprise to see Luton as favourites to win this season opener.

The hosts only lost six home games last term and they should get the job done here against Peterborough.

Preston North End 15:00 Hull City

Hull could not have received a worse fixture to start the season with.

In 29 Football League games against Preston at Deepdale, the Tigers have suffered defeat on 22 occasions.

Preston may not have set the transfer market alight however, with a stat like that it's very hard to put your faith in the visitors.

With that in mind, Preston or draw in the double chance market is our tip for this fixture.

Queens Park Rangers 15:00 Millwall

QPR have made some terrific signings over the summer and they could be one of this season's dark horses.

The R's have an impressive record against Millwall, winning four of their last six head-to-heads.

The Lions historically struggle against Rangers, managing just one win from their last ten encounters.

Millwall's last win at Loftus Road came in 1989 and with a stat like that, we can't look past QPR in the betting.

Stoke City 15:00 Reading

This is not a standout fixture of the opening weekend - sorry Stoke and Reading fans.

The last three games between these clubs at the bet365 Stadium all ended in goalless draws. The current price on that happening again is 6/1.

Stoke are winless in 11 season openers and their home ground was not exactly a fortress last year.

Reading, who have only scored one goal against Stoke in five attempts, don't look very promising either.

With that in mind, the draw is the way to go at 21/10.

Sheffield United 20:00 Birmingham City

This is an interesting way to end the day.

Sheffield United endured a dreadful Premier League season last year but with Slavisa Jokanovic at the helm, expectations are high ahead of their Championship return.

The Serbian manager has a terrific record in the league, winning 77 of his 155 games while in charge of Watford and Fulham.

Birmingham, who had a season to forget last year, have not set the transfer market alight and another average season is expected.

At 4/5, the bookmakers expect a home win. We're right with them on that one.

Good luck everyone.

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