QPR vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Tomorrow will be our last game in the Coca Cola Championship – the second division of English Football.

Chris Hughton will be looking to get all 3 points tomorrow afternoon at Loftus Road  against QPR, and will not want any let-downs in the very last game of what has been a terrific season for the Newcastle club.

It also looks like Chris Hughton will field a strong side, with few youngsters  given a start, but we know 22 year-old Dutch U21 goalkeeper Tim Krul will start the game tomorrow afternoon.

It will be his 3rd appearance in the league this season but his first start in any league competition.  17 year-old Slovenian U21 International Haris Vuckic is in the squad,  and you have to believe he will be a sub tomorrow, and get some playing time in the second half.

We also have a feeling that 20 year-old Hungarian center-back Tamas Kadar will get a start – that is  if he has recovered from the slight knock he picked up last Tuesday night, playing the full 90 minutes for Newcastle Reserves.

Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez is back in his home country having a wee break before the World Cup begins this summer in South Africa, and spending some time with his family.

But other than those players mentioned, we expect Chris to pick a solid team as follows:

Simpson Coloccini Kadar Enrique
Routledge Barton Smith (c) Nolan Guthrie
Subs: Harper Williamson Vuckic Ameobi Butt Lovenkrands Taylor (R)

We expect Chris to start with a 4-5-1 formation, with Andy Carroll up front, Kevin Nolan pushing up as a second striker, and Joey Barton being given a starting role in central midfield.

And we expect another good performance from Joey tomorrow – since he’s been in really fine form since returning from his serious foot injury, and seems to be on top of the world right now with his new positive attitude

Fitz Hall, on loan from QPR has started 7 games for Newcastle this season, but has finished only five,  after suffering a number of hamstring injuries, and he is not fit to play against his parent side tomorrow – and that’s unfortunate for the player, who has fitted in well on Tyneside.

The subs bench is strong, and we expect Chris Hughton to again use all 3 subs in the game tomorrow, and maybe Nicky Butt will get his last playing time for Newcastle, after being at the club now for six seasons.

We are hoping the lads can get their 30th win of the season tomorrow, and although most things have been achieved this season by a very good Newcastle side, it would be great to go out on a win, and end up with 102 total points.

We’ll celebrate of course, but we’re not sure there’s any champagne left. 😀

Then comes next season.

Howay The Lads!!

11 comments so far

  • baro

    May 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #1

    I just want Haris Vuckic to play 30+ minutes. Where he can show who he really is. Would be nice if he actually scores, I would like him to shoot 20+ yards like he does in reserves/u18. 🙂 Any body have a link to watch the game?

  • baro

    May 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #2

    If Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll start, than I hope they both can reach 20 goals for the season. Would be nice, havent had for a while.

  • Howay The Lads

    May 1, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #3

    With all they hype around Vuckic, I expect him to hit the 20 goals target, along with Carroll, if he starts

  • OHurley

    May 1, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Would definitely like to see Vuckic play at least the entire second half. Would like to see Nicky Butt play for the entire game as well. The last we’ll ever see of “The Enforcer” on the pitch. C’mon, we owe him that much. Sub him out with 5 or 10 minutes left and watch him get a standing ovation. He deserves it. Hope he becomes a coach for us as well. Maybe a fitness coach… not a techique coach 😀

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 1, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #5

    OHurley- i would say the opposite about Nicky Butt’s coaching status. I always think he’s had the ability and skill but his legs had gone so shudn’t be a fitness coach 😛

  • wickywoowoo

    May 1, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Nicky Butt is extremely fit – he just can’t keep up with younger players anymore. That doesn’t mean he isn’t fit.

    He would still run rings around most in the Italian league, for example.

  • howay man

    May 1, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #7

    just thought about west hams situation and the rumours that all their players are for sale other than parker.

    junior stanislas
    herita ilunga
    mark noble
    zavon hines
    freddy sears

    obviously not all of them together but certainly the young ones like stanislas and noble should be taken a look at if they are going to be sold off on the cheap.

  • Howay The Lads

    May 1, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Junior Stanislas would be excellent, but I imagine he’d cost a bit, but, then again, with West Ham’s financial troubles, he might not.

    Not too sure about the others. I think they’re either not needed or we could do better

  • baro

    May 2, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I would take Belhadj from West Ham. Jose Enrique needs a back up in case of injury. You never know. He also has great speed, dribbles right thru people. Behrami wouldnt be bad either next, along with Carlton Cole. Cole and Carroll would be unstoppable up top. Header this way and that way.
    We need to fill in every gap in the lineup in the summer. Which I think Chris is good at doing. But he should of never got Willo or Hall one of them only should of came. I prefer Hall. And he should of gave Kadar the more chances. When Kadar is in for Newcastle they have never lost. 🙂

  • baro

    May 2, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #10

    My prediction is 3-0 Newcastle winning.
    Vuckic = the 3 scorers.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 2, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    baro- Beladj plays for Pmouth and is a LB ;D


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