Boro have only picked up a point from their first two league games of the season to sit 17th in the table, while QPR have collected three points from their two fixtures thus far courtesy of one win and one defeat.
QPR's season began with a 3-2 loss to Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Cup at the start of September, but the R's opened their Championship campaign with a 2-0 home success over Nottingham Forest.
Mark Warburton's side finished 13th in the Championship last season, 12 points outside of the playoffs, and it is going to be difficult for the team to push for the top six positions in 2020-21.
The fact that QPR have scored twice in each of their three competitive games this season but conceded three times on two occasions suggests that they are going to be a good watch this term.
Neil Warnock was absent from the touchline against the Cherries after testing positive for coronavirus and that will again be the case this weekend, with assistant manager Kevin Blackwell and first-team coach Ronnie Jepson set to remain in charge of first-team affairs.
The former Premier League club finished 17th in the Championship last season, but the supporters will be looking for a big improvement this term.
It has been a tough start to the campaign, though, losing 1-0 at Watford on September 11 in the Championship before suffering a 2-0 home defeat to Barnsley in the EFL Cup four days later.
Queens Park Rangers Championship form: WL
Queens Park Rangers form (all competitions): LWL
Middlesbrough Championship form: LD
Middlesbrough form (all competitions): LLD
QPR's squad is in good shape at the moment in terms of injuries, and it would not be a surprise to see Warbuton keep with the XI that started against Coventry last weekend.
Bright Osayi-Samuel's future remains the subject of much speculation, but the 22-year-old was in the team against Coventry and should again make the XI for this match.
As for Boro, Browne's late leveller against Bournemouth last time out means that the attacker is in contention to start, although it seems likely that Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga will continue as the front two.
There should also be a spot in the squad for new signing Chuba Akpom, who has moved to the Riverside Stadium from Greek outfit PAOK.
Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Lumley; Kakay, Barbet, Dickie, Wallace; Cameron, Carroll; Chair, Amos, Osayi-Samuel; Dykes
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Bettinelli; Hall, Fry, McNair; Spence, Morsy, Tavernier, Saville, Johnson; Fletcher, Assombalonga
We say: Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Middlesbrough
The two teams shared the points in the corresponding match during the 2019-20 Championship season, and we fancy another draw here. Boro will be keen to put their first victory on the board as soon as possible, but QPR have more than enough to pick up a point at Loftus Road.