Shola Ameobi

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United travel to Loftus Road on Sunday to take on Queens Park Rangers (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a morale-boosting goalless draw at West Ham last weekend, while already-relegated Rangers suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal.

When the sides met just before Christmas, a late strike from substitute Shola Ameobi was enough to separate the sides on Tyneside, and manager Alan Pardew will be hoping for more of the same in West London.

 

STAT ATTACK
Sunday's game is the 46th match between the two clubs, and the 42nd in the league. United could be safe with a win at QPR, depending on whether Chelsea win at Aston Villa on Saturday, given that Villa and Wigan face each other on the final day of the season.


TICKET NEWS
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LAST MEETING
December 22nd, 2012 - Newcastle 1 (Ameobi 81) QPR 0

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch, Cheick Tiote (Sylvain Marveaux 77), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 61), Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez (Gabriel Obertan 60)

QPR (4-3-3): Rob Green; Anton Ferdinand, Ryan Nelsen, Clint Hill, Fabio; Esteban Granero (Shaun Wright-Phillips 56), Stephane Mbia, Alejandro Faurlin (Shaun Derry 79); Jamie Mackie, Junior Hoilett 64), Adel Taarabt


FULL RECORD v QPR
P45 W21 D8 L18 F64 A66


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
QPR - LDLLDL
Newcastle - DLDLDW


LAST LINE-UP
Queens Park Rangers (v Arsenal, Premier League):
Rob Green; Nedum Onuoha, Tal Ben Haim, Clint Hill, Armand Traore (Fabio 90); Ji-Sung Park (Adel Taarabt 79), Jermaine Jenas, Stephane M'bia (Shaun Derry 46), Andros Townsend; Loic Remy, Bobby Zamora
Not used: Brian Murphy, Esteban Granero, Jamie Mackie, Jay Bothroyd

Newcastle (v West Ham, Premier League): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 65), Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Dan Gosling 77)
Not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell


TEAM NEWS
QPR -
Centre-back Christopher Samba remains a doubt with a hamstring injury, while Julio Cesar (back) faces a late fitness test. Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) and DJ Campbell (metatarsal) are both ruled out.

Newcastle - Mathieu Debuchy is in contention for a return to the starting line-up having served a one-game ban, while Davide Santon and Sylvain Marveaux are back in full training following respective hamstring and groin injuries. However, Shola Ameobi has joined Moussa Sissoko (ankle), Massadio Haidara (hamstring), Tim Krul (shoulder), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) on the treatement table.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Harry Redknapp, QPR manager:
"We won't roll over this weekend. We will give it our best shot and I will pick my best available team. Newcastle have been hit hard by injuries this season to players like Coloccini, Taylor and Cabaye. Those are big losses throughout the season but I think they will be fine."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "They're professionals and any professional team is difficult to beat. Sometimes it's about falling on teams; I think QPR three or four weeks ago have had some tricky games but they've got themselves together a little bit better. Certainly against Arsenal they were a lot more disciplined and I think that's the team we'll face, so it's not going to be easy."


REFEREE
Lee Probert (Wiltshire): 2012/13 record - 34 games, 110 yellow cards, 7 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 are the only team in the Premier League this season yet to win a point with a goal in the final ten minutes.