John Carver has just announced his team for what is one of the most important games for Newcastle since our relegation back in May, 200 and there’s only one change with Daryl Janmaat coming back into the side in place of Vurnon Anita.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett, Jonas Gutierrez; Moussa Sissoko, Ryan Taylor, Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Vurnon Anita, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Rolando Aarons, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
You can hardly call John Carver a brave manager – and he has not started the game with Papiss Cisse, but keeps with Manu Riviere who has yet to score a PL goal this season.
That’s even though we are short of goals and Papiss is now fit again – and is our top scorer with 11 goals in just 20 appearances – and we haven’t scored a goal in our last five road games – all defeats.
John cannot wait too long before using Papiss Cisse since we have only two games to play.
Janmaat comes into the side as expected in place of the unlucky Anita who drops to the bench.
Newcastle will play in a 4-3-3 formation today.
This is what interim coach John Carver has said about QPR before the game:
“If I was Chris Ramsey and I had just lost at Man City by the score line they lost then I’d be at my players to put on a show.”
“Let’s not forget this is their last home game in the Premier League for at least one season, and they did take a beating last weekend, so I’d want my players to put on a good show.”
“Yes, they may be a little more relaxed, yes he might play some younger players, but there’s one or two players in that team that will have a point to prove and will want to go out on a high.”
“We know how difficult it is to go to Man City and get a result but that will drive them forward now.” “I have sympathy for Chris – he hasn’t got a great deal of experience managing in the Premier League but he’s a good guy and a good coach and hopefully he’ll get the job next season.”
“But for now there are some big characters in the QPR dressing room that won’t want to do us any favors at the weekend.” “I’m looking forward to it because it’s going to be a big challenge for us, there will be pressure on but we will have to embrace that.”
Almost one in two fans think we can win this game today – which would be our first win in 10 games since we beat Aston Villa 1-0 at home at the end of February.
We really need a win today and with Aston Villa currently losing 5-1 at Southampton after 70 minutes.
Newcastle could go above them in the league tonight with a win – the Saints scored three goals in three minutes after 12 minutes and were 5-0 down after 38 minutes before Benteke got one back for Villa just before half time.