QPR v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Hoops v Magpies
Hoops v Magpies
What a difference a week makes eh? I might just be talking about myself right here, but I can see a slight ray of light through the dark clouds of relegation.

That slither of light was provided by Swansea in midweek, who thankfully beat Wigan on their own turn ensuring that we don’t enter this match against QPR in the bottom three of the Premier League table.

In fact the result for Swansea has given us another chance to get ourselves out of this mess and could potentially see us safe on Tuesday evening providing to things happen. The first thing that needs to happen is that we need to pick up at least a point at Loftus Road tomorrow, although ideally we’d pick up three. The second thing is that Wigan must lose at Arsenal on Tuesday (or achieve no more than a draw if we win at QPR) which would be enough to see us safe heading into the final league game of the season and would see super Roberto Martinez – managerial mastermind in the eyes of some – relegate Wigan with a record that isn’t even comparable to that of Steve Bruce!

QPR

Chris Samba is doubtful for the visit of the Magpies as he battles with a knee injury. Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) and Andrew Johnson (knee) will both miss the match and what is left of the season as both have undergone surgery on their respective injuries. Tal Ben Haim has already left the club and has signed for MLS side Toronto FC while goalkeeper Julio Cesar won’t be considered for selection.

Newcastle:

Mathieu Debuchy is available once more after sitting out the 0-0 draw with West Ham last weekend due to suspension. Tim Krul, Shola Ameobi and Moussa Sissoko have been ruled out for the rest of the season and will join Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic on the treatment table. Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon are training again although their readiness for match action remains unknown while Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson are available again after returning from loan spells at Middlesbrough and Birmingham respectively.

Previously…

United go looking for a first league double of the season following on from the 1-0 victory recorded at St James’ Park back in December. The goalscorer that day – Shola Ameobi.

Newcastle last tasted defeat at Loftus Road back in 1995. The scoreline was 3-0 that day and whilst 1995 sounds a long time ago there has only been three matches in West London since then with United recording two victories (one in the Championship) and one draw.

Home and away and in all competitions our record against each other is remarkably similar. There have been 41 games contested between the two sides with United winning 18, QPR winning 16 with 7 draws making up the numbers.

Match stats and facts:

QPR have the worst home record in the division having won just two games in front of their own fans all season long.

United have the third-worst away record in the division and have won just once on the road all season.

QPR have failed to score on 15 occasions this term and have not scored in their last four league games.

United have kept only two clean sheets away from home all season. Last week at West Ham was one with the other coming against Norwich in January.

If Newcastle fail to win tomorrow it will be our worst season away from home in terms of wins. Even in our relegation season we managed to win two games away from home.

Final thought:

On the face of it United have everything to play for whilst QPR have nothing, but that isn’t strictly true. Their pride will be hurting and they will be wanting to sign off the season with a win in front of their own fans. They owe us no favours.

We have the capability and quality to win this game no doubt, but we’ve had that in other games also and have crumbled before. The pressure is most definitely on us and we must get a result, whether it be through nice football or dog ugly long-ball stuff I don’t care as long as we get the points on the board. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we’re hardly in a position where we can be picky about the type of football we play, are we?

P.S: I’m getting a bit fed up of the snide remarks people seem to be aiming towards each other and the amount of general bickering right now. Fed up to the point of considering whether it’s actually worth keeping this open bearing in mind I set it up with the aim of encouraging RESPECTFUL debate between ADULTS who support NUFC. I know a lot of people are annoyed with things right now, but come on, it doesn’t mean that people have to act like peckers does it now? Calm it down please, make your point, respect others, and all will be good.

Howay the lads!

Date: Sunday, 12th May, 2013

Time: 3pm

Venue: Loftus Road

292 thoughts on “QPR v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. oh you can score from a corner then.
    no way would he come to the toon if only out of respect for whelan, jabba will be spitting blood πŸ˜‰

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  2. Anybody still think Martinez isn’t a good manager? He beat Moyes’s side to get to the final as well. Amazing really what he’s done with Wigan.

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  3. Congrats to Wigan.

    Maloney and Mcmanaman are both cracking wee players though i really dislike both of them. Still think Arsenal will spank them though.

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  4. EXEPTIONNAL GAME ABOUT WIGAN !!!
    BIG BALLS !!!
    BIG BIG WORTH AND THEY MUST STAY IN PREMIERLEAGUE !!!!
    BIG BIG RESPECT !!!
    HOLLY MARTINEZ !!!

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  5. KIMTOON @214

    I disagree Kim, Man City did turn up and had chances in the first half, they were beaten fair and square. Can you imagine if it had been us, it would be 2-0 Man City in the first half probably. Just shows what a joke of a club we support that clubs like Wigan are out there winning things like that. I would say Wigan are playing far better than us at the moment and more importantly they play good football and play as a team. Time for Parsnip to leave, it’s not even the league position, it’s the complete clueless succession of managers we have had and the playing style, the condition of the players and the direction the playing staff are going under the current coaching staff. Now is the right time to bring the RIGHT choice in (and it has to be the right choice) not half way through the season.

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  6. I hope jabba is spitting blood ice @226. This shows what can be done with average players. And we have better than average players. A true embarrassment to Ashley and his 5 year plan this is.

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  7. GEORDIETWO,
    Average players, so how can we win nowt with better players?
    It’s not Ashley’s fault, It’s that “FOOL” of our manager to blame πŸ˜‰

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  8. GEORDIETWO

    The thing that is scary is the relative difference in resources, imagine what Martinez would do with the likes of Ben Arfa, and players like Obertan even. Look at what he has done with the sort of players Wigan can attract (not first pick players for the bigger clubs). Now he is an FA cup winning manager, who do we have at our big club? A Johnston’s paint trophy winning Parsnip.

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  9. TGS mate I think the blame goes right up to the top of the ladder but definitely includes Pardew. We have no real football brains in the club thanks to Ashley. A casino wank as managing director? What a joke. Whelan will be laughing tonight when he drinks out of the cup while we eat some more sour grapes.

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  10. I have thought about that for a lone while DJG @239. We have been at best treading water but often sinking like a brick this season. Pardew fumbles around, then looks for someone else to blame. Martinez stays calm, cool and collected and accepts it like a man when they lose. A class act compared with what we have.

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  11. G2 i think man/city never got going because wigan attacked them from the off,there no way on gods earth pardew would attacked them like that and wigan had three of there 1st team defenders out,pardew would have defeneded then try and hit them with a long ball which city had to do in that game

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  12. wigan now will be explosivous ❗
    i think win cup is doping mind and fire on pitch to beat any team and can make special remontada ❗
    mainly if we help them…. ❗

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  13. Spot on ice @245. That was Wigan at their best playing the game as it should be played with an excellent manager behind them. For me Pardew constantly has a losing mentality with his whinging to the press. Nobody feels sorrow for you Pardew so shut your cakehole.

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  14. GEORDIETWO

    Couldn’t agree more, but also Martinez has a right to lose with kids and players that nobody else wants in the prem. Parsnip has a team of internationals (supposedly) to pick from.

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  15. [email protected] stop spending my money before i get it ime already a month behind πŸ™

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  16. There’s a massive difference between us and wigan have a chairman that loves the club, has ambition, backs his man that also loves the club and sticks by him and most importantly knows the game inside out. From what I see Our owner and MD know fuk all about footie dont really give a fuk about the club, didn’t back their man in the summer when we really needed it so while Pards gets all the stick the other two dicks get away a scot free

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  17. if we playing all season like wigan …i don t fuck pards …i try to use some words like shame injury ..bla bla…or players don t know how playing together yet…too son for creat good team…bla bla….
    but the FORMATION TACTICS COMBINATION MIND PASS- PLAY OUT POSITION …SPEECH OF PARDS …ALL IS SHEET …ALL IS big big BIG DESASTER AND I RETAIN MY WORDS ❗
    SO PLEASE SAFE OUR ARCE AND SACK FUCKKKKK PARDEW…. πŸ‘Ώ

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  18. BARTON WANT TO STAY IN MARSEILLE …big news.. ❗ πŸ˜‰
    HE MUST staying the president CHOICE 😯 QPR BOTTOM OR MARSEILLE AND CHAMP. LEAG. 😎
    wath hard time for him…. ❗

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  19. [email protected] i agree 100% with you but it still does not get away from the fact that pardews shit tatics is hurting the players we do have the players carr has brought to the club are canny players but are are made to look so poor

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  20. If I was Ashley looking at Martinez, another thing that would attract me to him is the fighting spirit that his teams seem to have, they don’t tend to bottle it when things get difficult, that has always been a weakness at Newcastle.

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  21. Big Dave,
    The “FOOL” picks the team and constantly plays square pegs in round holes as well as out of form player’s, coupled with his negative attitude and shite tactics.
    Yes, the regime are also responsible but you could give the “FOOL” Mesi and he would play him out of position.
    I have alaways respected your comments and your views, but surely you must accept that Pardew has lost it? πŸ˜†

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  22. Big Dave you know many of us aren’t letting Ashley and the club fool off the hook at all. We’re with you on spreading the blame to those that deserve it. Ashley was forced to spend in January to save us but really didn’t want to do it or we would have strengthened last summer. He listened to his fool of a managing director about how strong our squad was and knows nothing about football himself. Big changes are required now thanks to another completely cocked up season.

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  23. We NEED a win tomorrow cus I sure as hell don’t want it to come down to hoping Arsenal/villa beat Wigan. QPR are crap, have key injuries and we’ve got Colo back (and Shola’s injured πŸ˜€ ) so we must be favourites for 3 points. Despite Debuchy’s international pedigree I’d personally prefer it if we kept the same back 4 as last week, as it was solid and I didn’t like the manner of Debuchy’s sending off.

    My XI for Newcastle v Queens Park Rangers

    ————————-Elliot————————
    -Simpson—–Taylor–Colocinni—–Mbiwa-
    ——–Cabaye——Tiote——Jonas———-
    —Ben Arfa———CissΓ©———Gouffran—

    With Shola out I reckon we’ll see Campbell get a run out. However this is Alan “super subber” Pardew so he’ll probably bring on Perch and Anita and just not make a 3rd substitution.

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  24. TGS when pardews brings his players in he makes a bigger balls of it,sell routledge for a 1mill sign oba for 2.5mil well done there old boy,what a prick,not saying they are good players but his judgement is crap

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  25. β€œIt’ll be uncomfortable for us both, because we’ve both underachieved. Him as an owner and me as a manager. We need to find out what the reasons were and then it’s for Mike and hopefully with me to decide how to go forward.
    That’s it Pards, build up Ashley’s confidence in you. I’m sure he’ll appreciate being criticized to the press. πŸ˜† What a pair of fools. All we need are some juicy Llambias comments now. πŸ˜†

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  26. TONYGREENSUPREME
    You could give the FOOL Tevez and Mascherano and he would put them on the bench (not making it up).

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  27. Lads I know Pards has to carry lots of blame and believe me I could write a long list of all his faults, but we can change manager’s 20 times and it will still result in the same shit until Jabba learns and gets someone with knowledge in as chairman instead of some jumped up tosser that likes to tell people how nasty they can be, aswell as a top manager that needs to be given a bit of freedom in what he does.
    For me Martinez will be the same as Pards only a slightly better style of footy, we would be a mid table team, for me the main problem that needs to be addressed before we can really become a force is the top.

    TGS I haven’t been on in yonks mate and your a bandit anyway πŸ˜†

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  28. TGS
    Because unlike all of our recent signings he actually gives a shit. Jonas IS a quality player that will put in 110%, he’ll help out the LB and is not as bad at attacking as many seem to think. If our playing strategy was to keep it on the floor Jonas would look a lot better than he currently does (same goes for Toto and Cabs), instead he is forced to lump it up the pitch which isn’t his strength just like the other two.

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  29. So Pardew claims he needs to find out the reason we were absolute crap this season? He has no idea of why we were so poor? Does that inspire confidence in anyone for next season? And who is Pardew going to ask for clarification on why we were dross? Llambias? Ashley? Talk about the blind leading the blind. How can it be left this way for the summer? Surely Ashley has to appoint a true football director of operations who is highly respected and give him control of all actual football activity at the club. Let someone who knows the game hire the next manager. Then watch us improve hugely next season.

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  30. ANDYMAG,
    Are you saying that Jonas is better than Anita or Marveaux ❓
    Sorry fella the guy has been abysmal this season, no threat going forward and can’t defend. The ” FOOL” took away his natural talent to attack a couple of seasons ago and made him DEFENSIVE.

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  31. DAVE i know what your saying and its true,but it does not get away from the fact that pardew picks the the team and tactics,jabba and owlheed do not pick the team or dictate tatics,hes not even getting close to a team thats gives its all

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  32. TGS I have been a very vocal supporter of Jonas and I love the fact he will give everything he has But IMO he doesn’t have it in him this season and should have been dropped way earlier on in the season but Pards said the same but stated that he would stick by him, what does that message send out to Marv etc ??

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  33. Can you imagine Parsnip on the Apprentice.
    I’m sorry Lord Sugar, this last tax year has not been good enough, but I think you are equally to blame for hiring a couple of staff when I said the team were adequate and then investing Β£20,000,000 when we were underachieving from this point in the last year. Despite this you have not sufficiently backed me and it is your fault that we are underachieving. Wigan Athletic are just lucky so-and-so’s to return such silver to their shareholders. For this reason you should continue to back me with more resources until we get it right……………………You’re fired!

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  34. ” We need to find out what the reasons were” 😯 😳 I CANNOT believe he said that. I should think it’s bloody obvious what’s gone wrong muppet.

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  35. DJG ” but I think you are equally to blame for hiring a couple of staff when I said the team were adequate”
    You don’t really believe that crap that it was Pards that told them that they didn’t need any additions in the summer ❓ ❓ ❓ do you ❓

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  36. theres DAVE getting his team mates mixed up now i see why your sticking up for pardew πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  37. I wouldn’t want to be in Pardew’s shoes if we play defensively and lose tomorrow. I still think we can and should win that game but it’s down to last straws for Pardew. If we don’t play well what might happen at home against Arsenal? An early goal by them would pretty much finish Pardew unless we don’t get relegated by some miracle. It’s no way to run a club.

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  38. BIG DAVE
    You don’t honestly believe Ashley and Lambias pick the team and are the reason we are so shyte do you ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓

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  39. Ice @ 271 I agree 100% with you I can see what is going on and whats wrong , But I just don’t have any faith in Jabba getting a good manager in, and if he does I will be as happy as anyone else.
    My stance is I can’t call for Pards head while I really believe that we’ll end up with a JFK or some other mediocre manager I honestly believe we deserve far better

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  40. Seriously well done to Wigan today like. I only managed to catch the 1st half – their keeper played really well but the whole team went there to play football. There was nee holding back and worrying about what City had brought, they went out and played their own game – a lesson Pardew could learn an awful lot from IMO.

    Secondly – a huge congratulations to Frank Lampard for his record breaking tally. An unbelievable achievement from a very good player and professional.

    Come on the toon – lets secure PL status tomorrow boys. We have to grab a win tomorrow

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  41. DJG not once did I say that or even suggest that ❓ I simply asked you if you believed that we never strengthened the team in the summer because Pards told the Regime that we didn’t need strengthened ❓ so do you believe it

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  42. Big Dave

    Why would Parsnip come out in the papers now and blame Ashley then?? When after finishing 5th he said he was quite happy with what we had?? (Admittedly without so many injuries) You need to stop believing these puppet conspiracy stories so much, if he was a puppet then why is he now blaming Ashley? Kind of blows your argument out of the water somewhat, no?, howay man, the guy is an idiot, a parsnip πŸ˜†

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  43. DJG so why did Pards come out several times in the summer and say that we needed to strengthen the team if he was happy with the team ?

    as for “You need to stop believing these puppet conspiracy stories so much” what are you on about ❓ so I really can’t understand what argument it blows out of the water.
    I just asked you a simple question twice and you still haven’t gave a straight answer.
    Do you believe that we never strengthened the team in the summer because Pards told the Regime that we didn’t need strengthened ??
    If you don’t want to answer then that’s your choice but please don’t try and turn it round on me πŸ˜‰

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  44. DJG meant to add when did Pards come out and say he was happy with the team he had ❓ was that after the window closed and after he stated several times that we needed strengthened

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  45. Okay BIG DAVE here is your answer:-

    ‘Do you believe that we never strengthened the team in the summer because Pards told the Regime that we didn’t need strengthened ??’

    I believe that it was a mixture of Pardew not pushing hard enough to get new players and Ashley being reluctant to spend after the overachieving season, both were stupid enough to think we could finish comfortably with what we had from last season. Both didn’t see it coming. But it is Pardew who should have seen it coming as a football manager and he should have said it there and then, not now as a kind of parting shot before he is fired.

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  46. DJG I agree to a degree but do you really think Pards could dictate to Jabba ? I also think Lambsarse has to take some of the blame aswell but IMO there is no way Pards could have made Jabba buy players he can only ask Jabba and Lambsarse and in the end its their call. DJG don’t for one minute think that I think Pards is blame free far from it but he shouldn’t take all the flak because that then lets the Regime and the Players get away Blame free

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  47. [email protected], you’re wasting your time mate, Big D will defend Pardew til the bitter end πŸ™‚

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