Newcastle vs QPR – Match Preview

If Newcastle can beat QPR this afternoon,  they will go into 6th position in the Premier League table.

That’s because the team above us in the league, Liverpool, and the team below us – Stoke City – drew 0-0 at at Anfield yesterday, and that was a disappointing result for Liverpool.

And after watching the performance of the Reds,  we wonder how we could have conceded three goals against a very poor looking Liverpool attack a couple of weeks ago.

QPR have a new manager in Mark Hughes, and the players will be wanting to impress the former Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham manager, in their very first game under the Welshman.

We expect Hughes to have a game plan which essentially defends stubbornly, and they’d be quite happy coming away with a draw, but QPR can make if very difficult for us tomorrow.

The challenge for Newcastle is to score the goals with the great Demba  Ba on duty for Senegal in the African Cup of  Nations.

And that’s one reason we think Shola  Ameobi, Leon Best and Ben Arfa will all be in the starting line-up, because they can score goals.

Danny Guthrie is back in full training, and depending on how he has looked in training this week, he could come straight back into the team in central midfield to partner Yohan Cabaye, at the expense of 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid who had a good game last Saturday against Blackburn.

But we think Pardew will go for experience in this game.

Apparently Gabriel Obertan is still doubtful with that toe injury of his, but we think the former Red Devils player will make it on the bench, and the back four should remain unchanged from the last couple of games.

Peter Lovenkrands is not available still with his shin/calf  injury, but Shane Ferguson is fit again and we think he could get a place on the bench.

This is the line-up we think Alan Pardew could go with this afternoon:

Simpson Williamson Coloccini  (C)  Santon 
Ben Arfa Guthrie Cabaye Gutierrez
Best Ameobi (Sh)
Subs:  Harper Perch Taylor (R)  Obertan Gosling Abeid Ferguson 

This is a game Newcastle will be expected to win, if we have any chance of finishing in the top seven, which still seems a possibility, if the lads can become solid again in defense.

Newcastle  have kept three clean sheets in the last six games, and that’s what we’ll be hoping for tomorrow as well.

It’s also a chance for Best, Ameobi and Ben Arfa to show they can score goals in Demba Ba’s absence.

And young Danny Guthrie will be more than motivated to have a good game against QPR, as his four year contract at Newcastle runs out at the end of June, and he wants to stay on Tyneside, with his family settled in Newcastle.

In fact the starting eleven looks a good team,  and one key to the game is  that the defense is again very solid.

Ameobi and Best are both due some goals, and we have to hope the 24 year-old French wizard on the right wing will create some openings for the two strikers, and maybe smash another goal in for himself.

Ben Arfa is an important player for Newcastle this afternoon.

It will not be an easy game, and manager Pardew has said it’s an important game for the team, and if we can get all 3 points, we’ll move into 6th place one point above Liverpool, and that would be great.

This is the time for players like Ameobi, Best, Guthrie and Ben Arfa to shine, and take Newcastle to victory without two of our very best players – Cheick  Tiote and Demba Ba – who will be  looking for the lads to win.

And anything but a win this afternoon will be a disappointment.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments and your team for this afternoon are welcome.

49 comments so far

  • Tino3Barca2

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #1



  • Tino3Barca2

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #2


    2-0 Toon.

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Very hopeful of 3 points today, I don’t think the change of manager will have kicked in yet. 3-1 to us

  • Beattie25

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope that Newcastle have evolved as a team and learnt from the West Brom result, one that many (including me) thought we could easily win.

    Hopefully we will play well and shine through 3-0

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #5

    I can’t see them scoring to be honest. I think it’s down to whether we can or not.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m sure it is not going to be a walk in the park, but we will win this one comfortably,because our defense is very solid and goals will come.No worries. 4-0 our win!

    Ed, i like your formation and i trust Pardew’s tactics, but i would like to try this one:



    Ben Arfa————Best————–Jonas

    Subs: obertan, vukcic, fergie or gosling.

    or this one:




    Ben Arfa————Best————–Jonas

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #7

    geordielad880 – in last article regards to watchin a striker from Everton ad imagine it’l be someone like Jose Baxter young with potential supposed to be class aswell but no where near good enough for our team and we need someone to come in straight away.. and Erdinc wants £47k per week? dont see how that would a problem hardly alot for a goal getter

  • stuart no9

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #8

    a tough game. they will be physical, they will defend for their lives. 1 goal will do it . benni in the 2nd half

  • shearerno9

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #9

    GT89 agreed,

    I think the game today could be settled by an early goal… who ever gets it will win, we have to get at them straight away and force a goal i think… the longer they play the more settled they will become

  • geordielad880

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #10

    geordietoon89, erdinc will never get that at newcastle, they wont pay them for him, as he is on 23k at the minute, we would offer 30k and no more. And we have no chance with baxter, cant see it been him, maybe anichebe

  • geordielad880

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #11

    I wouldnt mind osman, but dont know what he would cost us

  • geordielad880

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #12

    plus osman wouldnt fit into our policy on youth

  • geordielad880

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #13

    and it wont be baxter, as we have been watching the first team, and baxter has been out on loan, and has just returned a few days ago

  • 09nufc09

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Geordielad… Tiote, ba, cabaye, marveaux, colo, alan smith, s taylor are all on 60k plus. Tiotes contract was 60k 6 and a half years, demba bas is 40k with clauses in to make it 60k for every game/goal he plays. Marveaux was given a big contract because he was a free transfer, cabaye because he was cheap. Nile ranger is on 15k n 5 yr deal. The club is still paying decent wages just not the stupid wages we used to pay like 100k plus for owen and 60k plus for alan smith.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Anichebe is total w*nk.. infact all of Evertons strikers are… theyve never scored a goal this season when theyve started.. strikers have only scored when theyve came off the bench

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #16

    09nufc09 – S.Taylors new deal is around 50k per week.. also im not doubting you geordielad but unless your family is Lee Charnley/Llambias/Ashley/Pardew then thaz no chance they would no the exact contract on offer for Erding

  • shearerno9

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #17

    i doubt it would be an everton striker… they need strikers because they cant score… why would we take one of theirs who cant find the net?? If im wrong all apologies, but for some reason i dont think were going to be signing an everton striker unless its youth..

  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #18

    i never been an Ameobi fan but i do hope he start with best up front

    HBA right midfield

    Obertan/Vuckic/Abeid come as impact sub


    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Watching Davide Santon last week against Man U and Blackburn was an education. He plays with a swagger and looks total top International class …

    He is without doubt twice as good as Enrique . Enrique could be like a rash sometimes when defending but on the techy side positional and end product, passing and more, he was no where near Santon ..

    Santon is absolute class and still only twenty !

    If he stays clear of injury he will captain Italy before he’s 25…

    He was a class above any of Man U’s players , ruled them all game..

    We need to start hanging on to our players though as he’s the type that Man City could afford one day..

    We have the best Midfield in the country and one of the best defences that is just about to get better center back pairing be it Taylor with Colo or Willo striker in Ba ..and a world class player in Hatem Ben Arfa…

    Its looking good lads ..really good . HTL !!

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Online Guy – If Santon stays like this he will defo go to Euros with Italy

  • TinoToon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Fellow Magpies for the ManUtd game i was asking a classy and heroic 5-0 and the team came with a 3-0, no bad for a guess… tomorrow i wanna some on the style of 3-0. Howay the lads…


    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #22

    GT89 He was amazing against Blackburn too ..Like a Gunslinger or something he passes like he’s pulling the trigger on a loaded gun ..! Plays with a swagger class.

    Cant wait to see him at high noon sunday !

  • AussieToon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Simpson Williamson Coloccini (C) Santon
    Ben Arfa Guthrie Cabaye Gutierrez
    Best Ameobi (Sh)
    Subs: Harper Perch Taylor (R) Obertan Gosling Abeid Ferguson

    Good team, should win 2 – 0 with Shola and Ben Arfa to score.

  • Willo

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon

    Solid back four then the midfield in a diamond with HBA in the #10 role just behind the strikers. Vuckic for Best on the hour. Maybe some time for Obertan or Abeid too

  • t00ntime

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #25

    who else thinks we shud revert to a keegen style 4-3-3 but then defensive as well 😉

    —-ben arfa—-Ba——–jonas——–
    now thats a team (even though no players have changed benny, Ba, jonas, cabaye and guthrie can all score good goals and quite a few + tiote and our back 5 will easily keep a clean sheet against most bottom 10teams and probaly more)

    also cabaye and tiote can switch during game. If u ask me thats our best team for this season (if no one else comes in) and wud surely cement top 7 and maybe even beat the scousers in to top 6

  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Enrique struggle during his first season with NUFC. Its the championship season that help him improve his game

    Santon adapt that fast

  • TimKrulFan

    Jan 15, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #27

    i recon a 1-0 win to us collo williamson from a corner last season we scored so many goals from corners not just AC so whats happend this year scored once i think

  • TheObertoon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #28

    it is a fact that obertan has created the most chances in open play this season, and that ben arfa has the ability to score goals. best and ameobi are donkeys who get less than 10 goals a season between them, but one of them will have to do with ba away. ive also heard simmo is/was injured although he may have recovered. the lineup should therefore be:
    ===========BEN AFRA===SHOLA/BEST========

  • nathan113

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #29

    lol, everytime I come to this blog there are always morons posting their madness fantasy line ups. We’ve just beaten Manchester United and we’ve got the potential to go 6th in the league. Why would we play anything other than 4-4-2!?

  • Willo

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m not sure Pards would risk Guthrie on his return. Maybe an hour for Abeid or Vuckic then Guthrie as a change in style a bit.

  • Too Krul For School

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #31

    This was on the last post..

    JackButler // Jan 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Lee Ryder is the only man who can talk about the club for 5 minuets and say absolutely sod all. He obviously knows nothing about what is happening at the club.

    I completly agree with what your saying JB, especially the last part, it applies to all the users on this blog that post stuff about us signing players like Gervinho and post twitter updates to use as evidence.. The sad fact is. nobody outside the Football Club knows what is going on, it is all wild speculation about what the postman said to old man jim last saturday when a certain hotel room was booked.. basically its pointless guessing what is going on because for all we know, Ashley and Llambias are enjoying a chocolate/champagne jacousy playing tickle my face with a foam bat..

  • ~Krul World~

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #32


    Maybe because the man on the match, and the hulk Tiote are not available to us?

    During the Man United Game, Tiote was a very important player. He disrupted 90% of Manure’s attacks. Ba is also our leading goal scorer and was immense againt United. He could have scored a Hat Trick. He had that early chance that he scoffed, and no doubt would be the penalty taker, if Howard Webb managed to take his head out his arse for once and stop being biased to united.

  • Dyer8

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #33




  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #34

    @dyer8 def ur second line up need both the big lads up front if qpr are gonna play defensivly def need guthrie today need some1 whis not gonna be afraid of having a crack from distance cos there gonna pack the box hes also got a pin point pass like cabaye could be a game change especialy if HBA is on the wing which i really hope he is if nit him them raylor need people on the wing who can actually cross the ball and for me obertan is not that man

  • cyprus

    Jan 15, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #35

    Nice uplifting post at 19! And not too far from the truth! Ed, I should think we are favourites to finish 7th. Score today, given our lucky draw the last time around? A hard fought, very difficult 2-1, Ben Arfa + Best. AP, remember, Ben Arfa plays the whole game dude.

  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Again full credit to Pardew not gonna be an easy 1 tomorrow nor are they ever in this league and therefore never say they are “supposed to win” it will have to be earned and if we do it will be cause Pards has put a proper plan in place cause we are thin at the moment but morale is at high like i cant remember for a while at the club which makes games like these a great test for some of our “role” players so to speak.. wish we had marveaux by the way would have been good game-time available to show his worth..back to today though believe the lads will put in an honest effort as they normally do and pull this out either 2-0 or 2-1 HWTL!!!

  • Krul Blow

    Jan 15, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #37

    It just shows you how short of strikers we are when you look at the suggested team.
    If either Best or Shola are injured we have Barfa to bring up…. and then we are stretched to the limit.

    I would like starting line up to be:


    Would love to see Santon move up to replace Jonas at 60 mins and Fergie to be given a run.

  • Krul Blow

    Jan 15, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Raylor to replace Obertan at 60 mins

  • Krul Blow

    Jan 15, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Or actually vice versa. Obertan’s pace if he was fresh at 60mins could be powerful…

  • Klatoon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #40

    Krul blow; why would you drop Cabaye?


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