A game of zero significance as far as QPR are concerned, as Rangers were relegated last weekend following a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City. Newcastle though, have all to play for. A dismal run of 8 consecutive defeats have pulled them into the relegation dog fight and a draw at home against West Brom last weekend wasn’t helpful either. Simply put, this game is a MUST WIN for Newcastle if they are to stay up in the Premier League.
Queens Park Rangers:
Mauricio Isla and Mauro Zarate could face a late fitness test according to physio room. Eduardo Vargas (MCL) and Alejandro Faurlin (ACL) are ruled out for the season.
Newcastle could be without Adam Armstrong and Siem De Jong for the weekend while Massadio Haidara, Cheik Tiote and Steven Taylor are all ruled out for the rest of the season.
- Only QPR (67) have conceded more Premier League goals than Newcastle (61) this season.
- Charlie Austin (17) has scored 43.5% of QPR’s league goals this season.
- Newcastle have only won 3 away games all season.
- Newcastle are unbeaten in their last 5 meetings (W4, D1) against QPR.
Charlie Austin – Queens Park Rangers
It has been a good season for the young Englishman although QPR are relegated. 17 goals in his first season in the top flight is commendable. He hasn’t scored in the last 4 games though; something he’ll look to rectify against Newcastle. Relegated, down and buried but QPR would look to salvage some pride through their prolific striker.
Remy Cabella – Newcastle United
An up and down season for the Frenchman; he took his time to settle at the club. Only a goal and two assists this term doesn’t make for good reading. You might wonder why I picked him as my key man for Newcastle. Truth is, they need some inspiration from somewhere and he has the ability to produce just that.
Last 5 Meetings:
22 Nov-14 Newcastle 1-0 QPR (Premier League)
12 May-13 QPR 1-2 Newcastle (Premier League)
22 Dec-12 Newcastle 1-0 QPR (Premier League)
15 Jan-12 Newcastle 1-0 QPR (Premier League)
12 Sep-11 QPR 0-0 Newcastle (Premier League)
Two bang average sides going at it. Newcastle might just find that elusive win to take them clear of the relegation zone.
QPR 0-1 Newcastle United.