Newcastle vs QPR – Match Preview

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Shola Ameobi, Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor will all miss the game tonight through injury.

But Danny Simpson is fit again, as is Argentine Jonas Gutierrez and Danny Guthrie is available again after serving his one game ban.

Danny Simpson being available again is very timely since he can presumably slot straight in at right back and to make up a back four of Simpson, Taylor S. Khizanishvili and Enrique – which looks fairly solid.

As we’ve mentioned earlier this morning Chris Hughton will have some choice as to whom he plays in several positions,

In midfield he has Butt, Nolan, Guthrie, Geremi, Smith, Lovenkrands and Gutierrez to choose from, and up front he has Harewood, Carroll and Ranger.

We do expect Chris to put out an attacking team tonight that will go after QPR from the start, and we expect two to be playing up front.

This is the side we’d like to see start tonight

Simpson Taylor S. Khizanishvili Enrique
Nolan Smith (c) Butt Gutierrez
Carroll Ranger
Subs: Krul Tozer Geremi Vuckic Harewood Lovenkrands Guthrie

There could be some changes there with both Harewood and Lovenkrands perhaps getting a start – but the bench tonight ia quite strong.

For QPR, Fritz Hall has returned to training after missing the last four games with a groin injury but the former Southampton defender will not be risked tonight.

Matt Connolly may return in defense after a virus but veteran midfielder Gareth Ainsworth and striker Angelo Balanta are still ruled out by hamstring and groin problems respectively.

And former Newcastle center-back Peter Ramage will likely continue on the bench, with Mikele Leigertwood in at right back.

QPR are in 12th place in the league with 13 points from 8 games, and they hammered Barnsley 5-2 at home on Saturday, alst time out. The London side have 7 points away from home, with two wins, so they may mount a challenge tonight.

But with the lads available we have we must we expected to be able to get all 3 points, and go 5 points clear of the second  placed side – WBA, who of course have now lost their last 2 league games.

They lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday and 3-1 last night at lowly Barnsley, who were beaten 5-2 at home by QPR on Saturday.

So WBA have cracked a little as have Middlesbrough, who have dropped 5 points in their last two games.

That’s even more reason why the team had to remain strong and keep winning these games, and not get too far ahead of  themselves.

This is a home game Newcastle will be expected to win, but we’ve seen in the past, that none of these games are particularly easy.

But we have to hope that  Newcastle will find what is needed to secure all 3 points come 9:45 pm tonight.

Let’s know what you think the team should be tonight.

Howay The Lads!!

85 comments so far

  • Thump

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1

    QPR aren’t going to roll over for anybody – least of all us. We aren’t going to be able to get the goals we had against Ipswich because they have a significantly better defence, but that hasn’t stopped us before.

    If anything, it should be a damn good game.

  • toonsy

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #2

    I wouldnt start with Jonas. He’s just come back from a hamstring so we need to be careful and give hime some time or else it will just go again.

    Off topic, my dad had a suspected stroke earlier and im really down about it so i could do with a massive win to cheer me up a little. Howay the lads, do it for me dad!

  • Bojan

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I think it’s going to be a tough battle game, hope I’m wrong.
    2:1 Smith and Ranger to score.


  • 9ds9

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #4

    I can see a tight 1st half but if we can keep a clean sheet I think we can push on and finish the game off 2nd half, especially with the crackin bench!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #5

    I would love to see this starting 11 2nite


    Simpson Taylor.S Khizanishvili Enrique

    Jonas Smith Nolan Lovenkrands

    Harewood Carroll

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry to hear That Toonsy…Hope he is OK
    3 points tonight for Toonsy’s Old Man 🙂

  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #7

    sorry to hear about your old man Toonsy hope he gets better soon mate

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8


    Harewood to Smash it up tonight…TooooooN

    Feed the Hare and he will Score 🙂

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    toonsy – sorry hear that and i just hope he recovers, give your mam all the support you can mate, she will need it.

  • Yorkie Dave

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Well got £50 riding on it so a win tonight would be great, do it for toonsy’s dad

  • Yorkie Dave

    Sep 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #11

    hope he gets well soon toonsy

  • Aussie_BootBoy

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I would like to see this team.

    Simpson, S Taylor, Zurab, Enrique
    Jonas, Guthrie, Smith, Nolan
    Ranger, Harewood.

    Bring on Carrol and loven if not going well at half time.

    Jonas should start but not play the full 90. Give the boy a rest.

    And bring on Butt for a laugh if needs be.

  • shrews mag

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    toonsy … nolan’s gonna score one for ya dad … Jonas and ranger to also get on the sheet … wonder what the odds would be for that …???

    Simpson . Kiza . Taylor . Enrique
    ……………….. Smith ………………..
    … Guthrie ………………… Jonas …
    ……………….. Nolan ………………..
    ………. Carroll …. Ranger ………..

    Harewood (on for Caroll) and Lovenkrands (on for Jonas who will be knackered) on for the last 30 mins

    ………………..3 – 1 result…………………

  • Lew Davies

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    All the best to your old fella Toonsy.

    I would like to see Jonas on the right wing also, but of course he is always played on the left. either that or we need a spanish speaking RB lol.
    Think Harewood looks big and strong, and will crack off a brace tonight.
    3-1 to the Toon.
    Howay the lads.

  • Thump

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    All the best for your dad, Toonsy!

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #16

    All the best to ya’ fatha toonsy!..

    …I think Ed’s team is what’ll start, maybe not Jonas tho’!..

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #17

    If anyone wants uninterrupted commentary its on five live extra tonight which is freeview channel 706 I think 🙂

  • OHurley

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18


    All the best to your old man!! 3 points for the old fella tonite!!


    Once again m8- I love that diamond formation. I play the same midfield formation with GREAT result with my Newcastle team on FIFA09. Of course, that team is completely ridiculous. Check it:

    —————-Sebastien Frey—————



    —Skjelbred——————–David Silva



    *Gabby actually became the highest rated striker in the game. Too bad, it’s only just that- a game 🙁

  • Alex

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Hope your dad has a speedy and full recovery toonsy

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #20


    Got the feeling we can get the win tonight so going for a 2-1 to us.

    Harewood to Score.
    Butt to be yellow carded 1st 10 minutes.

  • Stuart79

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve got a huge decision ahead – Venison en Croute or Canelloni?

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #22

    sjt, the face book post was funny

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Is Venison playing?
    Thought he had hung up his Boots?
    Heard Canneloni is in italy right now and will not make tonight’s game.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Cheers Bob haha made me chuckle as well!


    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Lets get us this win for TOONSYS dad. I’m really hoping Ranger scores for us tonight hes starting to become my favourite player, although he hasn’t done anything significant. Exciting player. Heres the team i would like us to field:-


    Subs: Gutierrez off for Mcloven 60.00
    Vuckic on for Smith 75.00+
    Carrol on for Harewood 70.00-80.00

    Also i want to see how Oba performs for Wolfsburg tonight… An exciting performance i bet

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Ranger looks a bit goal shy to me,not got the composure yet but a goal will change that and will give him a boost…not ready for the big time just yet though so I would start with Big Marlon and Carrol and see how they get on.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Ranger was prolific for the reserves, but i think he’s makin’ sure of the the team effort for now…But maybe once he gets one in off his ass or somethin’, he could get a bag full!..

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Agree Punk Skunk
    Ranger scored for fun in the reserves still not starting line up material just yet,needs eased in gently unless injuries dictate otherwise,we should let Harewood start tonight for first 70 mins and see how he gets on.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Just been reading the .org blog and stardust is there lording it over everyone, he must be getting more attention on that site, anyone think that he could in fact be Mandy Mandellson?

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t think I have been on Stardusts Blog,or maybe I have without knowing…Stardust as Mandy The Moderator 🙂

    I don’t mind him TBH had a few verbals with him ages ago (think I am not alone)but that’s what blogs are about getting a point across…plus he said I could go with him and Ashley on the Big Red Bus one Day to Sea Houses for a Picnic if I behave myself.

  • toonsy

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Cheers for the support fella’s, its much appreciated.

  • summerof69

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #32

    well i would like to wish toonsys dad better 2nd i have just been reading what dyer had said about sir bobby and personally i think he should forgive him he made a mistake just like people do

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Looks well put together,I forgot that stardust sent me a link to it ages ago that I had forgot about.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Welcome Toonsy Fella 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #35

    No forgiveness for Dyer…the lad took the Pi55 big time and has never had any respect for Bobby or NUFC or the supporters,He is a tosser.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Im going for 3-1, Ranger, Nolan and Harewood to bag the goals.





    All the best Toonsy….

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #37

    It was unfortunate for Bobby we had a load of over hyped average young tossers playing for the club on silly wages that had no respect,motivation or passion for the shirt.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Cool Name if your middle name begins with an H

    Uchiha H-iTatchi 🙂
    Big 80’s tellys.

  • summerof69

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #39

    No forgiveness for Dyer…the lad took the Pi55 big time and has never had any respect for Bobby or NUFC or the supporters,He is a tosser

    when faced with moral decisions i often ask myself what would sir bobby do

    s0 what did sir bobby do ……………………he forgave

    so what should we do …………………………forgive

  • tdt

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40



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