There isn’t much love lost between Newcastle fans and former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The striker seemed to have a knack of dumping us out of cup competitions, often striking late in the game after we’d more than held our own. Since retiring in 2008 he’s forged a respectable managerial career which is continuing at QPR.
He likes his teams to play with freedom and creativity, which may test Rafa’s defensive nous given the quick turnaround between games. This is why squad selection will be key and presents an interesting dilemma for a man who famously likes to rotate his squad: stick with the same back four who have proven pretty solid the past few games, or rotate to bring some fresher legs into the starting line-up?