Newcastle v QPR – Stat attack!

What do QPR in the Premier League remind you of? Les Ferdinand? Joey Barton? Ray ‘My Word’ Wilkins or perhaps Gerry Francis’ napper? Newcastle v QPR has not been a fixture that’s given much to talk about since the Premier League’s introduction in 1992.

There have only been 7 games between the two sides – 4 wins for NUFC, 2 for QPR and 1 draw, the 0-0 last year, which was the only time in which less than 3 goals have been scored in this fixture in the top division.

Most NUFC followers will agree that Sunday is a great chance to notch up another 3 points, regardless of the situation with Tiote and Ba – QPR’s recent form has been abysmal and even with Mark Hughes in charge, Newcastle United should be taking advantage of the ‘abyss’ QPR find themselves in.

Speaking of Hughes, his record in first games in charge of clubs doesn’t exactly make you worry either – a loss at Wales, a win at Blackburn, a loss at City and a draw a Fulham. Follow the pattern you clever ones and Hughes is due a loss!

What do we know about them?

QPR concede the 4th most shots per game in the Prem.

They are the 4th worst in the Premier League for shots on target on average per game.

Only Everton, Wolves, Stoke and Norwich produce less dribbles than QPR; just 5.4 per game (NUFC 6.1).

They are the most fouled team in the Prem with 13.1 fouls per game on average.

Along with NUFC and 6 other teams, QPR are yet to score a goal from a ‘fast break’.

Only Villa (2) have scored less than QPR (4) direct from set plays – a record NUFC used to hold, but now have 5.

They have the lowest % in the PL of shots conceded from inside the 18 yard box (38%) – NUFC 45%.

Only Wigan (55%) have a higher % of goals scored from outside the box than QPR (54%) – NUFC 48%.

QPR, NUFC and Bolton are in the top 3 for % of goals conceded from inside the 18 yard box in the Premier League – that means the 3 of us lie in the bottom 3 for the % of goals conceded from outside the box.

NUFC v QPR – Comparisons

NUFC v QPR - Statistical comparison Jan 2012

How to win – In 2 points

1) Watch Heidar Helguson! The Icelandic forward has 7 goals in 11 starts this season and has been somewhat of a shining light in QPR’s dark campaign thus far. Helguson is also joint top in the Premier League with Peter Crouch for the most aerial wins per game (4.4) – Captain Colo and Co. will need to be at their best in the air.

2) Use the space in behind – QPR have their 2 centre backs in the top 3 in the Premier League for offsides won; they have a very disciplined but high line of defense which should suit NUFC’s longer game, especially with the pace of Ben Arfa and Obertan, if playing.

Hughes or no Hughes, Barton or no Barton, Newcastle have a fantastic chance to chalk 3 more points on the board in this one. Yes, 2 of the most key player are missing, but against Backburn it was shown that there is the personell to put up a good fight until their return.

Ben Arfa’s performance and wonder goal should see him graced again with a start and he should be in the mood to run a few rings around a team with a very ‘loose ship’ currently. He has to be deemed NUFC’s key man at the minute and if he turns it on, on Sunday, Newcastle should sail peacefuly through this one.

NUFC_Stats prediction: 3-1

19 thoughts on “Newcastle v QPR – Stat attack!

  1. first goal is important if qpr get it they will pack the defence and with out demba we might struggle we get it and play a high tempo i think we will score at least three but after swansea and west brom games i am taking nothing for granted qpr are not the worst team in the premier


  2. What we cannot do is take any team for granted no matter how good/bad or indifferent they are.
    Q.P.R are coming to try and take the spoils but they have the “new manager” factor.
    Normally teams tend to play out of their skin when they get a new manager and usually get something but not always, so hopefully the Mark Hughes factor will work in our favour but time will tell.
    At least we have them at home and it’s strange how we played them at their place when they bought a shed load of new signings including Joey but thankfully they didn’t take their chances.
    Hopefully we will be firing on all cylinders and put them to bed.

    I’d say Mark Hughes is a reasonable manager but I think he will have to get out his deep sea diving suit out because in my opinion they are going down this season.
    Q’P’R are making the mistake of buying mercenaries and we know all about that don’t we.

    It’s ok if you are a big club that actually means something to these mercenaries but Q’P’R means nothing to these players, including Joey Barton and they couldn’t give a shit if they go down as they are on big money and will leave in their own time.

    It makes me glad that we aren’t like that now.


  3. I think that they will start buying players he has known from previous teams, Samba, Onuha, Johnson & I think they will be OK by the end of the season, but the current side has very little going for them. The team that got them promoted has been dismantled and no spirit has come in yet.


  4. Queens Park always reminds me of the time Stardust was caught cottaging in the park toilets with some Tory MP who’s name escapes me. 😆


  5. Agree about the first goal. Need to watch the wings also and stop the crosses for Hreidersson or however you spell it.

    Hughes won’t want to lose so I expect it’ll be up to us to break them down.

    Not confident at all.


  6. I think even without Ba and Tiote , we are going to stroll to an easy win tomorrow . 4-0 with an Ameobi hat trick .


  7. ARCHIEMAG it could be that if it’s true , we are starting to not only get quality in but quality in numbers as well . If he comes it strengthens the squad and gives Pardew options . Hope it does not mean we have accepted a bid for Simmo , i think the lad is improving and is worth his place in the side .


  8. Every premiership football club should give a fraction of their sky revenue to Darlington FC.
    It’s a disgrace they might go out of business whilst the fat cats gloat.


  9. I’m with you Troy. What is happening at Darlington is a disgrace. That directors can mismanage a club so badly should be unacceptable. When you look at the top clubs most people forget that what makes football the game it is, is the whole pyramid of leagues.


  10. Just a shame the 3 ‘big’ clubs in the north east can’t see them alright to sort out current problem and let them use kids from each team to get games and fitness, couldn’t hurt


  11. That stadium was always going to be a white elephant but as Troy and others have said the money men board and owners will be laughing all the way to the bank whilst the fans and staff and local business suffer another kick in the teeth for the North East :mrgreen:


  12. I can see a nill nill draw or 1 nill win to the toon tomorrow as Toonsey said Hughes will not want to get beat … and never has as a manager at sjp yet !
    But where will the goals come from ?
    Ben arfa for me and i would like to see more of Vuktic 😉


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