Joey Barton’s QPR debut will be against his former club as Newcastle are the second team to travel to Loftus Road this season.
Neil Warnock hoping a victory over the Magpies will kick start their season as Newcastle will be looking to remain unbeaten and continue their fine start to the season. Warnock’s men have lost their last 5 games at home in all competitions including the opening day hammering by Bolton.
In contrast, Newcastle have enjoyed their best start to a top flight campaign since 1995-96 and Alan Pardew’s men will be hoping for another three points on Monday.
A win for the visitors would move them into the top four but it won’t be easy for them. There is a feel good factor around Loftus Road since the take over of Tony Fernandes and Warnock has added to his squad considerably since the last time they played. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Luke Young and Anton Ferdinand with add Premier League experience and maybe that extra bit of quality that the R’s need.
Joey Barton will be a massive player for them and they will be hoping he has the same effect on the pitch then he had at St James Park. The four mentioned above should make their debuts for their new club on Monday night in what promises to be a cracking game.
The Magpies have not faced QPR since May 2010, when Peter Lovenkrands was on target to seal a 1-0 victory in West London.
The head-to-head history between the sides means Pardew’s men are likely to be feeling confident going into Monday’s encounter, with Newcastle unbeaten in their last four meetings with the Hoops, having won three.
Danny Gabbidon and Anton Ferdinand are likely to re-ignite the partnership they had at West Ham together, while Armand Traore should play at left back in a new look QPR back four.
Kieron Dyer is still out so it should be Shaun Derry and Barton in midfield with Wright-Phillips and Smith on the wings and Taarabt in the attacking role with a sole striker up front, either DJ Campbell or Bothroyd.
Newcastle are without several players for the trip to Loftus Road, including new signing Mehdi Abeid, who is out with a knee problem and Hatem Ben Arfa continues to recover from his broken leg.
Ryan Taylor should continue at left back with new signing Davide Santon not expected to feature.
It could be a very tight match and with QPR’s new signings then they might have a chance so I reckon the home side will nick it, just.
My prediction 2-1 to QPR