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  • 12 September 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
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QPR - Newcastle Preview: Joey Barton out to end new club's poor home form against former side

QPR - Newcastle Preview: Joey Barton out to end new club's poor home form against former side

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Home side looking to end their four-game losing streak as Alan Pardew's visitors hope to continue their best start to a season since they finished runners-up in 1995/96


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Perone, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Traore
Derry
Smith, Barton, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips
Campbell

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, R Taylor
Gutierrez, Tiote, Cabaye, Oberton
Best, Lovenkrands


Joey Barton will certainly make his debut, while it is conceivable that he will be joined by a host of debutants with Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jason Puncheon, Luke Young and Armand Traore all available.

Davide Santon's involvement with Italy midweek means he probably will not feature given the small amount of time he has actually spent at Newcastle . Last week's tie against Fulham caused many a casualty, with Haris Vickic and Medhi Abeid now joining Mike Williamson and Hatem Ben Arfa in the treament room.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Adel Taabart (right) has had 14 shots on goal this year and not scored - the Premier League's worst record.
  • Newcastle have won on their last two trips to Loftus Road.
  • QPR have lost four of their last five games.
  • A record not helped by their home form, having lost all of their last five at Loftus Road.

  • Newcastle are undefeated in the last six though, winning half of those games.

  • Newcastle have maintained their best start to a season since they finished as runners-up back in 1996.

  • QPR have hoofed the most long balls this season, 132.
  • Newcastle have not gone undefeated for seven games since way back in 1998.

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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
18Luke YoungDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
17Joey BartonMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
9Jay BothroydStriker
26Brian MurphyMidfielder
-Fitz HallDefender
2Matthew ConnollyDefender
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
9DJ CampbellStriker
14Tommy SmithStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
25Danny SimpsonDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
16Ryan TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
20Leon BestStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
8Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
-Peter LovenkrandsStriker
9Demba BaStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
Players to Watch
Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The tricky attacker has yet to find the net in the top flight, and it is high time that he began to replicate the sort of form that made him the most exciting player in the Championship last season.

If the Moroccan can start to pull the strings for his side then he will cause Newcastle's defence all sorts of problems.
Gabriel Obertan
Gabriel Obertan
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

The Frenchman is finding his feet at St James' Park and his pace will cause QPR all sorts of problems.

If the summer signing manages to click at Newcastle, he could be a big success for the club, yet he needs to start getting on the scoresheet. With QPR likely to field an unfamiliar back four, the winger could be the one to exploit any vulnerability.

Prediction

With both sides very much in a transitional phase, this one may be quite tight. QPR's new players will take a while to bed in, though the impetus they will add to the team should be enough to secure a point against a Newcastle side who have looked handy so far this term.

Editor's Prediction
QPR 1

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