By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United entertain Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Direct Arena (1.30pm kick-off), on what will be new R's manager Mark Hughes' first game.
The former Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham boss was only appointed at the London club on Wednesday, and will be looking to make a winning start to life in charge.
But Rangers - who last tasted victory in mid-November away at Stoke City - face a tough task against a Newcastle side who have won three of their last four games.
Sunday's game is the 44th match between the two clubs, and the 40th in the league. Before this season, the last time the clubs met in the top flight was the 1995/96 campaign.
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September 12, 2011 - QPR 0 Newcastle 0
QPR (4-3-3): Paddy Kenny; Luke Young, Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Armand Traore (Matthew Connolly 51); Joey Barton, Shaun Derry, Alejandro Faurlin; Shaun Wright-Phillips (Jason Puncheon 88), Jay Bothroyd (DJ Campbell 80), Adel Taarabt
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 88), Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best (Sylvain Marveaux 82), Shola Ameobi (Demba Ba 64)
FULL RECORD v QPR
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(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - WWLWLD
QPR - DLLDLL
Newcastle (v Blackburn, FA Cup): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Ryan Taylor 59), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Gabriel Obertan (Shola Ameobi 56), Mehdi Abeid (Dan Gosling 86), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa; Leon Best
Not used: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi
QPR (v Milton Keynes Dons, FA Cup): Radek Cerny; Luke Young, Danny Gabbidon, Fitz Hall, Clint Hill; Jamie Mackie, Shaun Derry (Akos Buzsaky 77), Alejandro Faurlin, Tommy Smith; Federico Macheda (Jay Bothroyd 71), DJ Campbell (Heidar Helguson 61)
Not used: Brian Murphy, Matthew Connolly, Bradley Orr, Bruno Andrade
Newcastle - Danny Guthrie is expected to be back in contention for a central midfield slot, having missed the last seven games with a groin problem, but winger Sammy Ameobi is ruled out for several months with a leg injury. Danny Simpson should have recovered from a shoulder knock in time for the fixture. Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote are both away on national duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Sylvain Marveaux (hip and groin), Peter Lovenkrands (calf) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) remain sidelined.
QPR - Former United midfielder Joey Barton is out, as he serves the second of a three-game ban, and he is joined on the sidelines by Alejandro Faurlin, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season by a knee injury. Kieron Dyer (ankle) is another long-term absentee for new Rangers boss Mark Hughes. Defender Armand Traore and playmaker Adel Taarabt are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "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."
Shaun Derry, QPR midfielder: "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."
Chris Foy (Lancashire) - 2011/12 record: 17 games, 46 yellow cards, seven red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Joey Barton, Leon Best, Kieron Dyer, Fitz Hall, Les Ferdinand, Darren Peacock, Gavin Peacock, Peter Ramage, Wayne Routledge, Kenny Sansom, Ian Stewart
DID YOU KNOW?
Queens Park Rangers have conceded over a quarter of their goals in the first 20 minutes of Premier League matches, and have scored the second lowest number of goals in the league this season.