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  • 22 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: K. Friend
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Newcastle - QPR Preview: Magpies hoping to end their dismal league form

Alan Pardew will want to put an end to the run which as seen his side lose six out of their last seven while the visitors look to continue their unbeaten start under Harry Redknapp

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE
Newcastle United
Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Anita, Tiote
Cisse, Marveaux, Gutierrez
Ba
  QPR
 
Green
Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Traore
M'Bia, Faurlin
Mackie, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips
Cisse

Alan Pardew will be once again without midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), with the Frenchman likely to miss the entirety of Newcastle's festive schedule.

Sylvain Marveaux returns from injury and could provide an option for Newcastle going forward, but Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.

Joining Bobby Zamora (thigh) and Andy Johnson (thigh) on the sidelines for QPR is Park Ji-Sung (knee).

Jose Bosingwa is fit after missing his side's first win of the season against Fulham, but Nedum Onuoha could continue at right-back after a solid performance.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle have conceded twice in five of their last six league games.
  • Demba Ba (pictured) has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances at St James' Park.

  • The Magpies have lost six out of their last seven Premier League fixtures.

  • The Magpies have won just two of their 12 Premier League games since Alan Pardew was rewarded with a new eight-year contract at the club.
  • QPR are without a single victory in their last 22 away matches in the Premier League

  • No side have managed more than QPR's five goals from outside the box in open play.

  • Harry Redknapp's side last tasted victory against Newcastle in February 1995.

  • The west London side are above their opponents in the form table, having picked up seven points from their last eight games, compared with the Magpies four from eight.

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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
19Demba BaStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
31Shane FergusonDefender
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
6Clint HillDefender
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
12Jamie MackieStriker
26Brian MurphyGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
23Junior HoilettStriker
Players to Watch
Demba Ba
Demba Ba
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

With Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa ruled out for Newcastle, the onus is once again on Ba to make the most of the little service he gets. The Senegalese forward cut an isolated figure upfront against Manchester City last time out despite getting on the score sheet. The Magpies could perhaps find success if Papiss Cisse is paired up alongside his compatriot, rather than played out wide.

Djibril Cissé
Djibril Cissé
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

While Adel Tarrabt claimed all the headlines with his double against Fulham, Harry Redknapp was quick to praise the former Liverpool striker for his contribution to the win. The Frenchman's movement and guile in attack created the openings for both of QPR's goals last weekend, and he looks a rejuvinated man under Redknapp's stewardship.

Prediction

If form is anything to go by, then expect a QPR to get at least a point against Pardew's struggling Newcastle. Redknapp's team is unbeaten since his arrival at Loftus Road and are playing with more belief than at any point this season. The hosts are in free fall with six defeats in seven so expect an uneasy atmosphere inside St James' Park if things don't go Newcastle's way early on.

Editor's Prediction
QPR 2

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