Jonas Gutierrez


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United return to action on Saturday as they entertain Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of five successive victories in all competitions, while Rangers have only picked up one victory in that time - against Aston Villa.

The teams last met in the 2012/13 campaign, when United took the bragging rights with a pair of victories - 1-0 on Tyneside and 2-1 at Loftus Road.

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 fixture is the 47th match between the two clubs, and the 43rd in the league.


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LAST MEETING
12th May, 2013 - QPR 1 (Remy 11pen) Newcastle 2 (Ben Arfa 18pen, Gouffran 35)

QPR (4-4-2): Rob Green; Jose Bosingwa (Fabio da Silva 46), Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill, Armand Traore; Andros Townsend, Jermaine Jenas, Stephane Mbia (Shaun Derry 46), Junior Hoilett (Adel Taarabt 84); Loic Remy, Bobby Zamora

Newcastle (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yoan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote (James Perch 52), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Steve Harper 82), Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 77)


FULL RECORD v QPR
P46 W22 D8 L18 F66 A67


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - WWWWWD
QPR - DLWLLL


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v West Brom, Premier League):
Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (Mike Williamson 78), Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella (Ryan Taylor 82), Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 78)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong, Papiss Cisse

QPR (v Manchester City, Premier League): Rob Green; Mauricio Isla, Richard Dunne, Steven Caulker, Yun Suk-Young; Eduardo Vargas, Karl Henry, Sandro (Joey Barton 46), Leroy Fer; Bobby Zamora, Charlie Austin
Not used: Alex McCarthy, Clint Hill, Nedum Onuoha, Niko Kranjcar, Junior Hoilett, Matt Phillips


TOP SCORER
Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (4)
QPR - Charlie Austin (6)


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle -
The Magpies will be without captain Fabricio Coloccini (calf), midfielders Cheick Tiote (calf) and Jonas Gutierrez (testicular cancer), wingers Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Gabriel Obertan (thigh), forward Siem de Jong (thigh) and full-back Davide Santon (knee). There are also doubts over Mehdi Abeid, Steven Taylor and Mehdi Abeid

QPR - Rangers have an almost-full bill of health, with only midfielder Alejandro Faurlin - a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury - sidelined. They will also be without Rio Ferdinand, who serves the final game of a three-match ban for comments made on Twitter.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It seems like a very, very long time, this (international) break. We have had some injuries but hopefully we can carry on the good form. There is a little more expectation on us now than in previous weeks and therefore a different type of hurdle for these younger players to overcome. QPR have definitely improved and Harry has got a good unity in the team, so I don't think they will be down the bottom end for long, but I hope on Saturday we can beat them."

Harry Redknapp, QPR manager: "Alan was coming under all kinds of grief there but he's done a great job at Newcastle. They've picked up. Newcastle is a great club, one of the great clubs in English football - the 50,000 fans every week with their black and white shirts on. I'm pleased for Alan but hopefully we can go up there and get a good result this weekend. It's taken time but I'm happy with the players we have at the moment and I think we've got a good chance. I think we'll stay up this year and I'm pleased with how we're playing now."


REFEREE
Chris Foy (Lancashire): 2014/15 record - 8 games, 23 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?
QPR have the worst away form in the Barclays Premier League this season, losing all five of their games on their travels.