QPR - Newcastle Preview: Rs looking to sign off miserable campaign with only a third home win
Harry Redknapp's men play out their final Premier League match at Loftus Road against the Magpies, who could pull six points clear of the drop zone should they triumph
By Adam Mazrani
Fabio, Onuoha, Hill, Traore
Townsend, Jenas, Granero, Hoilett
Debuchy, Coloccini, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa
Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
QPR look set to still be without first-choice keeper Julio Cesar so Robert Green should once again deputise, while there is a doubt over Armand Traore after the full-back limped off in the closing stages of last week's defeat to Arsenal.
Stephane Mbia's inclusion is in doubt after the controversy surrounding his tweets to Joey Barton, so either Esteban Granero, Shaun Derry or Adel Taarabt should step up, while Christopher Samba (knee) remains sidelined.
Newcastle still have plenty of injury worries, particularly at full-back where Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara look set to miss out once again, though Mathieu Debuchy could return following suspension.
Doubts remain over Moussa Sissoko (knee), Shola Ameobi (knee) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) while keeper Tim Krul (shoulder) has already been ruled out for the rest of the season.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- QPR have the worst home record in Premier League this season, with only two wins from their 18 matches played so far.
- Loic Remy was set to join opponents Newcastle in the January transfer window, before having a late change of heart and electing to move to the Rs instead.
- Jermaine Jenas (pictured right) had a three-and-a-half year spell at Newcastle previously in his career, making 152 appearances and scoring 12 goals between February 2002 and August 2005, where he was also crowned the 2002-03 PFA Young Player of the Year.
- In the three matches played between the two sides since QPR's return to the Premier League in 2011, there have only been two goals scored, both by Newcastle in 1-0 victories.
- The Magpies currently have the third-worst away record in the top flight, with only one win from their 18 matches played so far.
- Papiss Cisse has scored only eight Premier League goals this season from 34 appearances, compared to 13 strikes from 13 matches last season after arriving in January.
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Top 3 Predictions
QPR 1-2 Newcastle United
- 15.37 %
QPR 0-2 Newcastle United
- 12.16 %
QPR 0-1 Newcastle United
- 10.55 %
|Premier League (EPL)||12 May 2013||QPR 1 - Newcastle United 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||22 Dec 2012||Newcastle United 1 - QPR 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||15 Jan 2012||Newcastle United 1 - QPR 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||12 Sep 2011||QPR 0 - Newcastle United 0|
|7 Dec 2013||QPR 0 - Blackburn Rovers 0||ENG2|
|3 Dec 2013||QPR 3 - Bournemouth 0||ENG2|
|30 Nov 2013||Doncaster Rovers 2 - QPR 1||ENG2|
|23 Nov 2013||QPR 1 - Charlton Athletic 0||ENG2|
|9 Nov 2013||Reading 1 - QPR 1||ENG2|
|22||Fabio Da Silva||Defender|
|10||Hatem Ben Arfa||Midfielder|
The Frenchman attracted controversy in the January transfer window when having looked certain to sign for Newcastle, had a late change of heart and became QPR's club record signing (though that would later be broken by the purchase of Christopher Samba). In a miserable end to the season for the west Londoners, Remy has been by some distance the club's most inspirational player and with a move away from Loftus Road in the summer looking a distinct possibility, the striker will be keen to continue making an impression.
|Hatem Ben Arfa|
One wonders just where Newcastle would be if their mercurial French winger had been able to stay away from injuries. After starting the season in electrifying form, Ben Arfa has been troubled by persistent hamstring problems though he has done well to come back after initially being ruled out until the beginning of next season by boss Alan Pardew. With the Magpies desperate for points, Ben Arfa's presence could prove crucial in their final two matches.
It certainly is difficult to back a QPR side that has the worst home record in the Premier League with just two wins all season for success in their final home encounter of the season, but Newcastle's form has been poor of late and their desperation to scramble to safety could just prevent them from playing with enough freedom to take all three points.
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