Yet another surprise with the team today – with Steven Taylor missing from the squad – and Mike Williamson is back – and have Newcastle picked up yet another injury in training this week? 🙁
This is getting beyond a joke.
Mathieu Debuchy has been brought back in place of Danny Simpson at right-back, and Danny had a good game last week at West Ham – and it’s probably because of Mathieu’s better attacking play that he’s been brought back.
No word on Steven Taylor, but we have to believe he’s picked up some knock – but Williamson can play well when it matters – as it does today.
But yet another injury surprise today.
The returning Sylvain Marveaux makes the bench but Davide Santon is absent.
Newcastle will play in a 4-3-3 formation as they did last week when they looked more than decent at Upton Park.
QPR have Loic Remy and Bobby Zamora up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
This is the biggest game of the season for Newcastle this afternoon, so we’ll see just how much pride and guts our lads show against a team which is already relegated – and has little to play for – Newcastle have everything to play for.
A win will see us safe in the league this season – a defeat will be an unmitigated disaster.
Howay The Lads!!
QPR (4-4-2): Robert Green; Jose Bosingwa, Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill (c), Armand Traore; Andros Townsend, Jermaine Jenas, Stephane Mbia, Junior Hoilett; Loic Remy, Bobby Zamora
Substitutes: Brian Murphy, Fabio da Silva, Esteban Granero Shaun Derry, Ji-Sung Park, Adel Taarabt, Jamie Mackie
Newcastle: (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Campbell
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)