Ian Holloway has given his verdict on Newcastle’s clash with QPR on Tuesday night.
The Sky Sports pundit says he was impressed when he watched United’s two goal win over Derby County and feels that ‘everything is starting to gel’.
He has predicted a 2-1 win for Newcastle, who go into the match with five wins on the bounce and four clean sheets in the last four.
After taking early leads at both Bristol City and Derby County, then seeing the games out comfortably, Ian Holloway thinks that Rafa’s players ‘are starting to learn how to grind things out’.
When it comes to goalscorers, the former manager turned pundit thinks that Dwight Gayle will score a lot of goals this season and will open the scoring tomorrow night.
Ian Holloway talks of Newcastle creating a lot of chances this season despite so far Rafa Benitez building his team on solid defending – but the general feeling appears to be that once players such as Atsu, Murphy and attacking full-backs Yedlin and Lazaar are integrated into the team, then there will be plenty of goal action to come.
Not forgetting Aleksandar Mitrovic, who once again is starting a season slowly and hasn’t been helped by the stupid four game ban he picked up on the final day of last season.
Ian Holloway talking to Sky Sports:
“After watching Newcastle on the weekend, it’s clear everything is starting to gel for them.
“I’m going to say they’re going to nick it at Loftus Road.
“It will be a very close, tough game but Newcastle are starting to learn how to grind things out.
“I think Dwight Gayle will score first.
“He is such a great finisher and is in a team that should create a lot of chances so I think he’ll score a lot of goals this year.”