Newcastle vs QPR – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be aiming to secure their sixth consecutive win in all competitions when they take on another vastly improved outfit in Queens Park Rangers.

Alan Pardew and his formerly beleaguered players could not do anything right just a few short weeks ago, but suddenly, following an international break they looked a changed team and one full of newfound confidence.

That was underlined once again in the last match at West Bromwich Albion, where they seemed comfortable from start to finish, while they have now unearthed a regular scorer in Ayoze Perez. A win here could conceivably lift Newcastle as high as fifth.

The visitors will be striving to earn a long-awaited first away point of the season, and one senses that it is getting closer following their last showing on the road against leaders Chelsea.

Either side of that came two strong home results against Aston Villa and Manchester City, with the champions finding it difficult to gain a stranglehold on proceedings, mainly thanks to the industry of midfielders Joey Barton and Karl Henry.

The hosts have several players out for this clash, with captain Fabricio Coloccini unavailable along with Rolando Aarons, Cheick Tiote, Siem De Jong, Gabriel Obertan and Steven Taylor.

Visiting manager Harry Redknapp has less to worry about, but is unable to call upon Alex McCarthy, Alejandro Faurlin and Adel Taarabt through injury along with Rio Ferdinand due to suspension.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Newcastle v QPR

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