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
Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Cisse, Marveaux, Gutierrez
Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Traore
Mackie, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips
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.
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- 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.