QPR vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle have made a great start to the league this season, with 7 points out of their first 3 games.

And the team are in a rather high position of 6th in the league,  and will move up to at least 4th position with a win tonight, behind only the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, probably the best three teams in England this year.

We don’t expect Newcastle to remain in such a high position in the league as the season progresses, but you never know of course, and we hope the lads can stay out of relegation trouble this season, and continue to be in the top half of the table.

The injury situation seems to be clearing up at Newcastle quickly, with Slovenian  Haris Vuckic and Frenchman  Hatem Ben Arfa the only players not available tonight.

However, the mercurial French International should be ready to participate in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup at Nottingham Forest a week tomorrow, and that’s great news.

The other big question about the starting eleven is whether new boy Davide Santon who will wear the number 3 short,  will take up his position at left back, since Pardew may not believe he’s played enough in practice with his new team mates yet.

As soon as he was signed, the  20 year0old was off to captain the Italian U21 side, and only returned to Newcastle last Thursday, but it will depend on how he’s looked in training since he returned.

But we wonder how he communicates with his team mates, since he doesn’t yet speak English.

We’ll assume he’ll not start tonight (but we hope he does), and we think this could be the side that Alan Pardew goes with tonight:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Best Demba Ba
Subs: Harper Santon Perch Ferguson Ameobi (Sh) Lovenkrands Gosling

It shows how strong that bench is, when there’s no place for  Sylvain Marveaux, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith or the impressive local youngster Sammy Ameobi.

And we have to think James Perch will be on the bench as cover across the back four,  and particularly at center-back,  in case Steven Taylor or Coloccini are injured (heaven forbid).

The keys to the game for Newcastle are that the defense again displays good fortitude, and even though they may be under severe pressure at times, they don’t crack.

Also,  we have to hope that Tim Krul keeps up his wonderful form in goal, and   Tim has been simply outstanding for Newcastle this season so far, and the 23 year-old has certainly  gained some points for his club.

And one question  that is very topical is whether our two strikers,  Leon Best and Demba Ba up front, can get the goals for the club.

We think they can, and it’s a terrific opportunity for both strikers to show what they can do for the club.

Leon Best seems to rise to the occasion when he gets his chance on Tyneside, and we are becoming big fans of the Irish striker, and think that Demba Ba just needs his first goal for the club, and then he should be okay from that point forward.

We’d also like to see Davide Santon play some part tonight, and he’s already a big favorite with the fans, and to get such a top young player at the club is a real coup for Newcastle, and will help in January and next summer to attract other good players to the club – we hope.

We’ve all been able to complain about how the Board were unsuccessful in getting a new striker in, on the last day of the transfer window, but now we have this squad until the end of the year, and they will be the ones to make Newcastle successful until January rolls  around.

And of course we’ll  support the lads  big time , as always.

All in all, this will be a good test for the team tonight, and with good spirit and decent form,  the lads should be able to get something out of the game tonight, and that will be good enough for us.

Howay The Lads!!

78 comments so far

  • Incentino

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s important to get a win to keep the momentum on our side. Howay the lads!

  • CorToon

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #2


  • CorToon

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #3


  • niffnoff

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #4

    CorToon is butthurt.

    Harpers injured. Elliot on bench. So that’s why he’s there method in the madness eh…

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    T-Minus 6 hours and I’ll be there supporting our lads tonight!!! can’t wait….

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Colo speaks Italian apparently so that would be a big help for settling Santon in

  • ToonAndy

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    The strongest possible team we could field tonight would be….







  • niafron

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Personaly, i would have Marv on the bench.

    The new Ranger’s Motto: “Do something stupid or die trying!”
    50 cents is probably the price we will sell him…

  • niafron

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    @Toon Andy

    Not bad, especially in away game. Preffer Ba to Best however.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Arrrghhh not sure who I’d start given the choice. On balance I think your team choice is about there but I hope (all going our way) that it will look like this by the end of the game…when we’re 0-3 of course 🙂

    SANTON, Colo, Taylor, Raylor
    Obertan, Tiote, GOSLING, Guitierrez
    Best, SAMEOBI

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11

    toonandy, you I would move cabaye forward stick raylor in alongside tiote and put santon in at left back

  • andre29

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    AshtreeKid @11. I thought about that….Might work as its a bit more defensive and we are away at Joey Barton…

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    think it would be a good option for away games, plus I think we need to keep raylor in the side for his set pieces but in all honesty we know he’s not a left back

  • geoff777

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #15


    Interesting team selection.


    Can’t see Sammy starting but as an impact sub he could be very good.

    Marveaux, HBA, Gosling, Vuckic when they are all fit selection is going to be tricky.

    My only concern is that Obertan may be a fast Jonas.


    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    I am going for a 2-1 win tonight (Tony if ur out there that’s my prediction haha)

    I think it will be scrappy but our luck will hold out though SWP and (THERES ONLY ONE) Joey Barton will cause us a lot of trouble and should get a goal

  • niafron

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Cabaye is definitively not (and never was) an offensive midfield.

    So this is really a defensive choice if you get a Raylor-Tiote-Cabaye midfield.

  • Burni

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    good to see ur geordie is still there Ed!

    “The other big question about the starting eleven is whether new boy Davide Santon who will wear the number 3 short”


  • Ollieh51

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Niafron – Didn;t he manage to get 15 in a season they other year?

    He’s like a more forward thinking Essien and has a monstor shot on him?

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Barton is cack and we’re going to demolish them!

  • niafron

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Want to see Obertan. He really imrpoved against Fulham. Mainly in defensive aspects.

    And i disagree, i think he can play in a very different way Guttierez do.

  • geoff777

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #22


    I think we’ll be looking to keep a clean sheet most games with two fairly defencive CM’s.

    Then have fast wingers and strikers (HBA soon) to counter attack away from home.

    At home the NUFC fans will need to accept a back-pass isn’t negative but a tactical move to keep possession and build another attack.
    If the crowd boo back-passes then players are just going to hump it forward.

  • nden85

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Don’t understand why its taking Marvuex so long to get in the team, he said he was fit when he joined us and i’ve not heard of him getting injured so what’s the delay? he played 120 mins against scunthorpe didn’t he?

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Cheik Tiote to get atleast 1 yellow today. Due to Joey Barton’s Theatrics.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Judging our recent 1st half form I reckon we need a defensive field to begin with 😉

    I do hope we come out fighting from the start tonight. Not in a Barton sense, we’ll leave that to him.

    Wonder if he’ll crock any of our players?

  • onlyoneshearer

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #26

    bit nervous about tonight, i think qpr are probably the strongest of the promoted teams and the signings they made at the end of the window are only going to strengthen them, especially barton!!

    We should start 4-4-2 though ba and best give them a chance to build a partnership up.

    howay the lads

  • Hemel Mag

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Bloody hell, Ed’s on speed or something today:

    TDS I’m there tonight mate- had to get tickets in the away end though 🙁 We’re directly below the toon fans though so careful who you’re gobbing on 😉

    I’m hoping i can drop the stewards a drink and get moved- it’s worked before so fingers crossed.

    Anyone know the best pub for away fans I’ve seen on one QPR forum either walkabout or Oneils in Shepards Bush? Any thoughts?

  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #28

    @26. Jealous. It’s the pub for me. Still Bloody excited though. More so than any game bar Mackems this season. Have even arranged to start work late tomorrow morning so I can cope with celebratory headache.

  • niafron

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #29


    Cabaye can score goals. Which is precious. But he’s a defensive Midfield, no doubt about that.
    He scored cause he got a good shot, and also, In Lille, he was the man who shot penalty.

  • Hemel Mag

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Penalty – Spot. Me too mate except i have an earlt start tomorrow, not that I’ll let a little thing like that stop me. It’ll be worth it if we have a decent result though. HWTL

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Cabaye is deep-lying, not defensive, there’s a difference. It won’t get into the box etc like Nolan, but he’ll be creative from the middle of the pitch.

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #32

    niafrom, I would go with them three myself, just my opinion, nice and solid in the middle and able to break with pace with wingers and best

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Niafron – I think for us he’ll get about 5 this season.

    he is deep lying and the ball carrier but I think it’s more the efforts that he can drive in from the edge of the box etc that he’ll get as well as penalties and set pieces.

    @ Hemel Mag – I’m in the away section and I’ll be pi55ed if we don’t have a sell out bearing in mind how hard they’ve made it for us to get tickets these days.

  • Hemel Mag

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Ollieh, same here mate, I don’t mind going in the home end if that’s the only option, I can understand the membership thing but if you’re wanting to go as a family etc it’s a pain in the A**E only being able to buy one ticket per member


    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #35

    ToonAndy nice team!!!

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    @ Hemel Mag

    100% agree. It’s horrific trying to arrange it with a group of mates too.

    Don’t knwo why they have made it so difficult, have the club had complaints from memebers saying that they weren’t able to get tickets?

    If they have then it’s probably only for the bigger games but they’ll sell out fast anyhow.

  • Hemel Mag

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Ollieh- I’m not sure mate, I think it’s more to do with what happened at the Darlington game- typical over the top knee jerk reaction imo.

    Gonna set off now there’s some beers with my name on them. Enjoy the game all
    Toon Toon

  • kevymartins

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Right cheik this out…



    or swap marveaux for obertan and fire ba infront of best

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #39

    kevy what about jonas behind the striker as he did well there against chelsea last season

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #40

    @toonandy. vuckic out with broken hand. replace him with sammy and that would be my team


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