Paul Dummett


By Mark Hannen

 

Newcastle United travel to already-relegated Queens Park Rangers on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture at Loftus Road having secured their first point in nine games with a 1-1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

In contrast, Rangers were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City last time out, a result that confirmed that they will be playing Championship football next season.

When the sides met earlier in the campaign, United chalked up a fifth consecutive top flight victory thanks to Moussa Sissoko's late strike at the Gallowgate End, and will be looking to complete a first double of the season this weekend.

Follow Saturday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or live updates on Twitter at @NUFC.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's game is the 48th match between the two clubs, and the 44th in the league. In all competitions, both sides have scored 67 goals against each other.


TICKET NEWS
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out


LAST MEETING
22nd November, 2014 - Newcastle 1 (Sissoko 73) QPR 0

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Ryan Taylor (Yoan Gouffran 33), Jack Colback; Remy Cabella (Papiss Cisse 67), Ayoze Perez (Adam Armstrong 89), Sammy Ameobi

QPR (4-4-2): Robert Green; Nedum Onuoha, Richard Dunne, Steven Caulker, Yun Suk-Young; Joey Barton, Karl Henry (Junior Hoilett 82), Sandro (Niko Kranjcar 60), Leroy Fer; Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora


FULL RECORD v WEST HAM
P47 W23 D8 L18 F67 A67


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

QPR - LLDLDW
Newcastle- DLLLLL


LAST LINE-UP
QPR (v Manchester City, Premier League): Robert Green; Steven Caulker, Richard Dunne, Clint Hill; Matt Phillips, Joey Barton, Karl Henry, Leroy Fer (Niko Kranjcar 78), Yun Suk-Young (Shaun Wright-Phillips 86); Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora (Junior Hoilett 53)
Subs not used: Alex McCarthy, Brandon Comley, Darnell Furlong, Reece Grego-Cox

Newcastle (v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita (Mehdi Abeid 90), Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Jonas Gutierrez; Moussa Sissoko, Ryan Taylor, Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez (Sammy Ameobi 85), Emmanuel Riviere (Papiss Cisse 69), Remy Cabella
Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Lubo Satka, Yoan Gouufran, Rolando Aarons


TOP SCORER
QPR - Charlie Austin (17)
Newcastle- Papiss Cisse (11)


TEAM NEWS
QPR - Versatile defender Nedum Onuoha returns from suspension, while centre-back Steven Caulker is expected to play, despite having a broken hand, and will receive a pain-killing injection before the game. Veteran striker Bobby Zamora, full-back Mauricio Isla and forward Mauro Zarate are all doubts, but Armand Traore (calf), Eduardo Vargas (knee) and Alejandro Faurlin (knee) remain sidelined.

Newcastle - Daryl Janmaat returns to the squad after completing a one-match ban for his red card at Leicester a fortnight ago, but fellow defender Mike Williamson remains out, serving the second game of his two-match ban. Winger Gabriel Obertan is back in contention following injury, but Siem de Jong (thigh), Adam Armstrong (calf), Massadio Haidara (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Rob Elliot (thigh) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) will miss out once again.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Chris Ramsey, QPR head coach: "We owe it to our fans to redress the performance we put in on Sunday (against Manchester City), which was nowhere near the level I expect from this group of players. We let ourselves down and we let our supporters down. The integrity of the Premier League, with Newcastle in the battle towards the bottom, will also be taken into consideration, but mainly we owe the fans a display after Sunday. We need to take pride in our performance this weekend. We will be preparing for it like any other game and I'll pick our strongest possible side."

John Carver, Newcastle head coach: "I have sympathy for Chris (Ramsey). He hasn't got a great deal of experience managing in the Premier League but he's a good guy and a good coach and hopefully he'll get the job next season. But for now there are some big characters in the QPR dressing room that won't want to do us any favours at the weekend. I'm looking forward to it because it's going to be a big challenge for us, there will be pressure on but we will have to embrace that. I certainly won't be keeping track of other results for the 90 minutes we are on the pitch. All I'll be concentrating on is us and what we are doing because it's in our hands."


REFEREE
Lee Probert (Wiltshire): 2014/15 record - 17 games, 57 yellow cards, 4 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, Danny Simpson, Ian Stewart


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DID YOU KNOW?
Twenty of QPR's 27 points this season have come at Loftus Road.