Newcastle United vs QPR match preview

Posted on January 13th, 2012 | 32 Comments |

Newcastle United v QPR
Toon entertain possibly revitalised QPR
Newcastle United entertain QPR on Sunday and will be hoping to make it 3 wins in a row against a Rangers who could be revitalised following the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager.

Venue: St James’ Park.
Date: Sun 15th Jan 2011.
Kick-Off: 13:30.
Referee: Chris Foy.

QPR are in a bit of a pickle lately, having had a terrible string of results which ultimately led to the demise of Neil Warnock as manager and the inauguration of Mark Hughes as his replacement. Typically, Warnock has had things to say about being hoyed oot on his ear and there was more than a little bitterness when Warnock said:

While I accept the owner’s decision, I do feel, if there were more people at the club in positions of power with experience in the game, they would have understood how well we have done in the circumstances.

And they would have realised that, once we brought in the players I had identified, there would have been no problem securing a Premier League future. But no doubt the chairman has had a string of agents in touch telling them their man could do a better job.

The question, though, is how the change in QPR’s management might affect us. It will make our research harder because with a new manager will come new ideas and new styles of play, and there’s also often a bit of ‘new manager syndrome’ where players can lift their performance for the new man in charge, whoever it may be.

Nevertheless, with this being a home fixture on the back of our recent victory over Man Utd – and against a QPR that’s been performing poorly recently – you’d have to say we’re favourites to come out winners in this one.

Unfortunately I can’t see Liverpool dropping points at home to Stoke on Saturday, so I think we’re unlikely to leapfrog them into 6th place if we win but it might at least put some more distance between us in 7th and Stoke in 8th.

We have to win this game before we can think about leapfrogging anyone though and I suspect the QPR we get on Sunday will be a bit different to the one that’s been playing the last few games. I think we’ll edge it but I’m expecting a close game, particularly without our top goalscorer.


Back in September we played out a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road but you have to go back to 1995/1996 to find the season before that when we played QPR in the Premier League, and that season we did the double over them, winning 2-1 at home (a brace from Beardsley) and 3-2 away (2 from Kieth Gillespie and 1 from Les Ferdinand). We played them when we were in the Championship in the 2009/2010 season of course, drawing 1-1 at home (Marlon Harewood) and winning 1-0 away (Peter Lovenkrands). The last time QPR beat us in the league was the 1994/1995 season when we went down 3-0 at Loftus Road.

  Played Newcastle Wins QPR Wins Draws
All Premier League 7 4 2 1
PL At St James’ Park 3 2 1 0

If you go beyond the meagre Premier League meetings, we’ve played QPR 43 times, won 19, lost 18 and drawn 8, although they lead us in the goals stakes having scored 66 against us compared to our 62 against them.

Recent Stats

We of course come into this after giving Manchester United a 3-0 stuffing and on the back of a 2-1 win over Blackburn in the FA Cup. It certainly looks like we’re getting things together a bit more after our poor run and I hope our recovery continues this weekend.

QPR are, as has been mentioned, not having a brilliant time at the moment. They’re still in the FA Cup though after scraping a replay from a 1-1 draw against MK Dons.

Last 6 League Games             Pts
Newcastle L D L W L W 7/18
QPR L L L D L L 1/18

Some Random Stats

Our average possession this season is 47.2%.

After Demba Ba’s 60 shots on goal, Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor share second place with 29 shots on goal a piece.

Dan Gosling has the highest percentage of shots on target with 75% but he’s only played 5 games (4 of those as a sub). Of those with a game count in double figures Demba Ba leads with 63%, Yohan Cabaye has 57% and Cheick Tiote has 44%.

Mike Williamson and Davide Santon are the most accurate passers at 85% successful completion, but they’ve only played a few games each. Of those with a double figure game count, Coloccini leads the way at 84% successful pass completion.

Team News


Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote are of course away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Steve Taylor and Silvain Marveaux are both crocked by long-term injuries. The latest on the NUFC official site still has Sammy Ameobi out for months, although some press reports suggest the injury is nowhere near as bad as it looked and he could be back within days. Either way, he won’t be in contention this weekend and Peter Lovenkrands is definitely out with a calf problem.

Newcastle’s official site reports that Danny Simpson should be available but stops short of saying that he will, so we’ll have to wait and see on that one. Danny Guthrie is reported to be back in contention after his groin injury though.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, R Taylor, Santon, Ferguson, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Cabaye, Guthrie, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Gosling, Abeid, Vuckic, Smith, Best, Shola Ameobi.


We won’t be facing ex-Toon Joey Barton as he’s serving a ban (details on Twitty, no doubt) and Alejandro Faurlin is likely to be out with a knee injury for the rest of the season. Kieron Dyer is also out with an injury, and Armand Traore and Adel Taarabt are at the Africa Cup of Nations.

QPR (from): Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Hall, Hill, Mackie, Derry, Buzsaky, Ferdinand, Smith, Macheda, Bothroyd, Campbell, Helguson, Wright-Phillips, Murphy, Connolly, Orr, Andrade.

What The Managers Say

Alan Pardew: “Winning three successive matches against Premier League opposition in no easy task, and QPR will make it hard for us as they will be eager to impress their new manager and clamber clear of the relegation zone. Results are all-important whatever level you are working at, and our aim is to make sure we continue to move in an upward curve, and cement our position in the upper echelons of the Premier League.

With Mark Hughes still getting his feet under the table, Shaun Derry provides the match quote from QPR: “It’s a difficult place to go. Newcastle have had a fantastic start to the season. They have probably exceeded their own expectations. It’s going to be a difficult game for us, but we are hoping that our new manager can have the same impact that Martin O’Neill has had on Newcastle’s near-neighbours Sunderland.

Mark Hughes did talk about his appointment though, saying: “I’m looking to stay in this position for an amount of time where I can really make an impression. We’ve got a really fantastic opportunity to build something here from the ground up. In my last couple of positions I’ve not stayed as long as I would have liked to. So I’m looking for longevity. It’s been frustrating putting things in place and not seeing the conclusion of them. I don’t want that to happen here.

Final Reminder About The Prediction Competition

The second NUFC Blog Prediction Competition gets underway this weekend and there’s £175 up for grabs. You can of course join at any time during the competition but if you want to be in from the start, you can make the first week’s predictions now.

Howay The Lads!

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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32 Responses

  1. head above the parapet – 5-0 to us.
    we’re due to give someone a spanking. best in the goals :-)

  2. This game should be a stone wall win for us. Whilst there maybe a new manager boost for QPR they don’t look very strong especially with some of their key players missing.

    I would like to see the following team:

    Simpson/Raylor – Willo – Colo – Santon
    Ben Arfa – Cabaye – Abeid – Jonas
    Best – Vuckic

    Ben Arfa must play as his recent performaces and goals warrant another 90 minutes. I think Abeid deserves another game as Tiote’s shadow. If he gets tired then Guthrie can come on. I have always been impressed with Vuckic. He looked really sharp in the recent reserves game and is always looking to shoot, often no matter the distance. I also want to see the Santon / Jonas partnership again, as it looks very promising.

    I’m thinking this could be a big score. At some point this season we are going to give some team a real tonking, hopefully this is it.


  3. Danny Guthrie says: “I think everyone is disappointed Joey isn’t playing because we’d have loved to kick him once or twice” – that should gee them up!

  4. “I’m thinking this could be a big score. At some point this season we are going to give some team a real tonking, hopefully this is it. ”

    …well a 0-0 (or defeat) for us is on the cards.

    Thank Kamar ;-)

  5. ..Meanwhile in Africa

    “After 73 minutes, the Ivorians were reduced to ten men after midfielder Cheick Tiote was sent off.

    The Newcastle United received a straight red card after a wild challenge on Mejdi Traore.”

    They still won 2-0.

  6. AP really can be an annoying rhetorician (as can most managers, I know). Look at that quote. He says nothing of substance, nothing everyone doesn’t already know and takes a paragraph to do it. Breathtaking!

    Has Lawro predicted a single win for us this season? I’m not sure he has. Bitter clown.

    Ooh, ooh-any chance of wor Cheick being suspended for the rest of the tourney?

  7. Off thread and optimistic but is there anybody can get but can’t use ticket for the Brighton v Toon FA cup tie for a geordie in Sussex?

  8. “sooner or later we are going to give someone a stonking” as they say in parliament. “In real terms” the 3-0 win over man u would be worth 6-0 anywhere else. Consider the stonking done.

    As for spare ticket I might have one depending who we play. Brighton – yes. Wrexham – maybe not.

  9. no match today again – half way through the transfer window & no signing – can’t raise my interest today.

    who will we get? Edring perhaps – but probably dross at the last minute. yawn.

    even friends with the makems now. Perhaps the pods have taken everyone over now and peace reigns. Anyone remember Star Trek’s Landrew – a giant computer that suppressed aggro and everyone smiled at each other?

    best bit of class I’ve seen this week was the over the boundry catch in the test match – while flying backwards he gave a perfect throw to his mate – brilliant.

  10. good blog Hugh, thanks.
    How about an update of your performance table mate, we must still be well up on last year.

  11. Supermac says:
    January 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

    “good blog Hugh, thanks.
    How about an update of your performance table mate”

    Hugh’s been keeping a table of his performance? Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  12. “Hugh’s been keeping a table of his performance? Wouldn’t surprise me at all.”

    He’s rather like Andy Carroll and Fernando Tores, a load of cash but no skill.

    His table’s are crap as well.

    Which is what matters.

  13. Everything points to a United win – I just wonder where the goals will come from with Ba in Africa….reckon the crowd will have to graft extra hard and drive the team forward :) and an early goal would be good.

  14. Chelsea winning 1-0 against the Scum, Wolves 1-0 up against Tottenham and Liverpool and Stoke 0-0. Looking good so far lads.

  15. Phisix says:
    January 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    “Chelsea winning 1-0 against the Scum”

    Phisix, I think you mean our valued and respected neighbours from the proud City of Sunderland.

    Thanks to UTD111 a spirit of rapprochement is now in the air!

  16. Yes Worky. :)

    Liverpool and Stoke draw so we need to win tomorrow to leap frog them to 6th. Sunderland lose 1-0 and The Tottenham game is heading for a 1-1 draw. Good day.

  17. workyticket says:
    January 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    “Thanks to UTD111 a spirit of rapprochement is now in the air!”

    I was about to summon a Medium – then I looked up what that meant!

  18. Aye Phisix, all brothers now, previous differences forgiven and forgotten – Show Mackemism the red card!

    Not a bad day overall, but do you really think that we’ll keep up with the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool? Or would it have been better to have Stoke further behind us?

  19. I reckon we can move ahead of Liverpool – they can’t win at home unless they’re playing us – they’ve lost their top goalscorer and only have a “pony-tailed £35m donkey” to replace him (their fans words not mine!).

    Tottenham should be forcibly relegated after their fans rioted and smashed up all those shops. Not that I absolutely dislike Totts fans or anything LOL!

  20. We have enough class to stay on par with Liverpool and people behind us, that much I know. A few signings(hah) now would help keep that going or maybe boost us up a place or two. Who knows, we could go on another big unbeaten run again.

  21. workyticket says:
    January 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm
    Hughton won 6-Nowt against Millwall today.

    Aye but he can’t be up to much – That well known football guru “Owl Heed” Llambias doesn’t rate him….