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By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Journalist


Newcastle travel to Loftus Road on Monday night to take on Queens Park Rangers live on Sky (8pm kick-off).

Alan Pardew's side have made an unbeaten start to the new season, with seven Premier League points on board as well as a place in the third round of the Carling Cup, while newly-promoted Rangers picked up an impressive win away at Everton but have since suffered two defeats.

Last time the Magpies took on QPR it was the final day of the Championship season, where Peter Lovenkrands' goal proved the difference and took Newcastle past the 100-point mark as they lifted the title.


Monday's game is the 43rd match between the two clubs, and the 39th in the league. Newcastle have made their best start in the Premier League, in terms of points gained, since the 1995/96 season when they won their first four games.

Newcastle's allocation of 1,882 tickets are almost entirely sold out apart from a few restricted view seats

May 2nd, 2010 - QPR 0 Newcastle 1 (Lovenkrands 71)

QPR (4-4-2): Radek Cerny; Peter Ramage, Kaspars Gorkss, Mikele Leigertwood, Dusko Tosic; Hogan Ephraim (Romone Rose 77), Akos Buzsaky, Alejandro Faurlin, Lee Cook (Josh Parker 49); Tamas Priskin, Jay Simpson

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie (Haris Vuckic 79), Alan Smith, Wayne Routledge; Leon Best (Peter Lovenkrands 54), Shola Ameobi (Andy Carroll 79)

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(Last six games - all competitions)

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QPR (v Wigan, Premier League): Paddy Kenny; Bruno Perone, Danny Gabbidon, Fitz Hall (Michael Harriman 61), Matthew Connolly; Shaun Derry, Alejandro Faurlin; Tommy Smith (Bruno Andrade 80), Akos Buzsaky (Jay Bothroyd 72), Adel Taarabt; Patrick Agyemang
Not used: Brian Murphy, Troy Hewitt, Hogan Ephraim, Heidar Helguson

Newcastle (v Fulham, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best (Haris Vuckic 78, Alan Smith 86), Peter Lovenkrands (Demba Ba 62)
Not used: ole Soderberg, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi

QPR - Joey Barton will make his debut for Rangers, following his switch from Newcastle, and he could be joined by fellow new recruits Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anton Ferdinand, Armand Traore, Luke Young and Jason Puncheon.

Newcastle - Striker Shola Ameobi is expected to come back into the United squad, having missed the victory over Fulham with a knee complaint. Hatem Ben Arfa has returned to training following nearly two months out with an ankle injury, but is unlikely to be risked for this fixture. Danny Guthrie and James Perch both got minutes for the Reserves in midweek against Sunderland, so could come in to contention, while new signings Davide Santon and Rob Elliot should be in the matchday squad. Mike Williamson (ankle) and Haris Vuckic (hand) are both ruled out.

Neil Warnock, QPR manager: "I think Alan Pardew has done ever so well there. He's always had his critics along the line but they've had a great start to the season.
"I think Alan's done a good job wherever he's been. Although I feel he's been treated a little bit unfair during parts of his career."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's an important game. They have signed some good players, they have an experienced manager there and you would expect them to pick up and do well. It makes the Premier League that much tougher when the teams who come up invest and spend.
"They have a number of options available to them and I noticed that one or two of their regular players didn't even make the squad. There have been some considerable changes there."

Phil Dowd (Staffordshire) - Three Premier League matches this season, 17 yellow cards

Joey Barton, Leon Best, Kieron Dyer, Fitz Hall, Les Ferdinand, Bradley Orr, Darren Peacock, Gavin Peacock, Peter Ramage, Wayne Routledge, Kenny Sansom, Ian Stewart

Steven Taylor is set to make the 150th league appearance of his career. To date, the defender has made 140 starts with nine substitute appearances, scoring 11 goals in the process. Newcastle have won on three of their last four visits to Queens Park Rangers.