Danny Simpson QPR

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Newcastle United entertain Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon in Premier League action (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies will be hoping for a return to winning ways after going down to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City last weekend, despite an excellent performance.

In contrast, Rangers are on a four-game unbeaten run since new boss Harry Redknapp took over and they recorded their first win of the season against Fulham last time out.

When the sides met last term, United edged their clashes, with a goalless draw at Loftus Road followed by a 1-0 win for Newcastle on Tyneside.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saurday's game is the 45th match between the two clubs, and the 41st in the league.


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LAST MEETING
January 15th, 2012 - Newcastle 1 (Best 37) QPR 0

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor (Gabriel Obertan 82), Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 25), Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Leon Best (James Perch 77)

QPR (4-4-2): Paddy Kenny; Luke Young Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill; Jamie Mackie, Shaun Derry, Akos Buzsaky (Federico Macheda 76), Shaun Wright-Phillips; Heidar Helguson (Tommy Smith 65), Jay Bothroyd


FULL RECORD v QPR
P44 W20 D8 L18 F63 A66


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle - LLLWLL
QPR - WDDDLL


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Manchester City, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Shane Ferguson 82), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch, Cheick Tiote (Sylvain Marveaux 75), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 79), Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez
Not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi

QPR (v Fulham, Premier League): Robert Green; Nedum Onuoha, Ryan Nelsen, Clint Hill, Armand Traore; Alejandro Faurlin, Stephane Mbia; Shaun Wright-Phillips (Fabio 85), Adel Taarabt, Jamie Mackie; Djibril Cisse (Anton Ferdinand 90)
Not used: Julio Cesar, Samba Diakite, Shaun Derry, Esteban Granero, Junior Hoilett


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle - Gabriel Obertan is back in contention following a toe injury, but Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Dan Gosling (ankle), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) all remain sidelined.

QPR - Goalkeeper Julio Cesar (back), right-back Jose Bosingwa (back), ex-Newcastle man Kieron Dyer and midfielder Ji-Sung Park (knee) will miss Saturday's fixture, joining strikers Bobby Zamora (thigh) and Andy Johnson (knee) on the treatment table.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "They've got some momentum and that's very important in the Premier League - something we've been searching for. But they are still coming to Newcastle and we're in decent form in terms of some of our play. We just need to have a little bit more resilience to stop conceding goals and I think we'll get results."

Harry Redknapp, QPR manager: "We need to take the confidence from last weekend's win into this one. Saturday will be a difficult game, it always is with 55,000-odd Geordies behind them. They have had injury problems this year. They have lost some of their best players at times but they are looking strong again now."


REFEREE
Kevin Friend (Leicestershire): 2012/13 record - 14 games, 53 yellow cards, 2 red cards


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


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DID YOU KNOW?
QPR have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League this season, with 15, and have failed to score in 30 per cent of their games.