Newcastle v QPR injury news – The Treatment Room
Newcastle v QPRl Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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Newcastle will be looking to make it five Premier League wins in a row for the first time since April 2012, when they face a Queens Park Rangers side who have yet to secure a point away from Loftus Road. The worst record in the division with just two goals scored and fourteen conceded in their five games.
Statistically everything points to a Black & White win – or at the very least a point – we’ve beaten our opponents in five of our last six meetings, drawing the other.
Even if QPR manage to nick the opener – fear not – QPR have done that on three of those occasions losing them all.
The 28/1 HT/FT QPR/Newcastle may be worth a dabble, likewise the Hoops to score first [17/10] or Charlie Austin – 5 goals in his last 6 games – available at 8/1. United have also have scored the highest proportion of second half goals of any team in the Premier League this season [77%] with Newcastle preferring to do their business seemingly in the 73rd minute – three of their last four home games.
In terms of availability, skipper Fabricio Coloccini has been ruled out for around three games having failed to recover from the calf strain he picked up during the win at the Hawthorns, defensive teammate Steven Taylor is also a ‘big doubt’ and in their absence Mike Williamson could partner Paul Dummett in the heart of defence – himself just back after a month out.
Mehdi Abeid is not expected to recover in time from a foot injury although the player could play with a pain-killing injection – and given recent history it would come as no surprise – but let’s assume Pardew is learning from his mistakes meaning Ryan Taylor should start his first Premier League game in over two years.
Still no sign of Cheick Tiote [calf] – full training next week – or Davide Santon [knee] who is undertaking triple fitness sessions in order to hasten a return, although the club are reluctant to give any definitive timeframe.
Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong, Curtis Good, Gabriel Obertan and Jonas Gutierrez are all out – however striker Emmanuel Riviere is expected to recover from a minor knock. Papiss Cisse may start on the bench following his late return from international duty.
QPR arrive at St James’ Park with a relatively clean bill of health, Sandro recovering from a hamstring complaint this week -Adel Taarabt is the only short-term absentee after tweaking his groin. Alejandro Faurlin [ACL] may not kick a ball again this season. Rio Ferdinand won’t be available following his three game domestic ban while Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla arrived back late from Chile but should be fine. Joey Barton returns to Tyneside for the first time since his departure back in 2011.
For me this game provides a true test of where we are currently, with raised expectations Newcastle need to deliver against the lesser sides – as much as a shoo in as you could hope for – at least on paper anyway – I’d happily take a hard fought 1-0 win right now ……
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