MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v QPR, St James’ Park, 1/Feb/17, KO: 7:45pm

by • January 30, 2017 • UncategorizedComments (4)1554

That’s Cup football over and we know approach the last nineteen games of the season with a job to do. All the words spoken, written and tweeted have all really been about one goal; promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Two home games in four days is a fantastic chance to well and truly set the ball rolling on the final push as we enter a period month where we play five of the next seven fixtures away from home after this week.

QPR come to us in mid table under the marmite like Ian Holloway. He spoke very highly of United and Benitez during his stint as a pundit this season and gave a couple of fantastic interviews to our manager before he was called upon to replace the sacked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in December. A win against Norwich was followed by six defeats on the spin and rumours of another managerial change. Since then wins against Wolves, Reading and Ipswich seemingly got things back on track before losing at home in the cup to Blackburn and then even worse losing at home to Burton Albion on Saturday.

They’re as average as they come in this league but like any time in this league they’re capable of a result on their day. Ask Reading fans. Their away form is reasonable with wins at Cardiff, Wigan. Fulham, Wolves and most recently Reading. Of course United put them to sword six nil this season at their place. More of the same will be wonderful, live on Sky.

As for United well there’ll obviously be changes from Oxford but not many from Rotherham. I expect Mo Diame to be back Support NUFC Foodbank in asscosiation with NUFC & Newcstle West End Foodbank. Donate matchday: opposite NINE Bar, Starwberry Place from 1pmon the bench as he returns from Africa having hardly kicked a ball. The toss up will be between Colback and Hayden to partner Shelvey. That Hayden played the ’90 on Saturday suggests Jack could be in with a shout of a start. Daryl Murphy returns and we could really do with him continuing his goal a game form.

I really want to see something from Perez. Nice crosses and the odd goal is nowhere near a good enough return for a player of his immense talent.

The crowd will be around the 46-48k Mark by the look of things online, before a sell out on Saturday. The elephant in the room (and the match preview so far) surrounds whether Andros Townsend will be a United player by the time we kick off on Wednesday.

There may be trouble ahead if he’s not.


3-0 United – Murphy ‘7, Goufrann ’35, Townend ’89

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4 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v QPR, St James’ Park, 1/Feb/17, KO: 7:45pm

  1. Paul smith says:

    Perez ” player of immense talent” ? I beg to differ.
    Showed some nice touches when he arrived but simply hasn’t trained on.
    Lacks pace, lacks confidence and lacks physical presence. The ball bounces off him more than it did off Shola. He wouldn’t be anywhere near my first team even with injuries.
    Rafa played him in the third team on Saturday so Ashley isn’t bothered about him either.

  2. Peter Shearer says:

    It is a mystery what has happened to Perez. He looked like a real class player and I thought we would lose him to one of the top four sides in the Premiership. His decline has been rapid and hard to believe that no-one can fix it.

    • Colin McCabe says:

      Aye strange alright, really thought last August that with the drop in division & Rafa staying this would be a great season for him.

    • Dempsey says:

      I know this is overly simplistic but it occurs to me that although fans hate it, on balance you are better off these days selling anyone the moment they show a bit of talent and catch the eye of a big team. Recent examples where fans would have been furious at the time, but looking back now wished we’d cashed out would be Tiote, Perez and Cisse at the end of his debut season. You struggle to think of modern era players that have gone on to better things once they leave us. James Milner would be one and I’m sure on balance AC is still better off at West Ham at this exact moment. Then think how many like N’Zogbia, Beye, Cabaye (debatable) might wished they’d never left. Let’s be honest, we know Wijnaldum might have an average career at Liverpool and that Sissoko is already looking out of his depth at Spurs, but even if they do a little better than this modest assessment, we’ll have still done the right thing selling at their peak. I don’t see the harm these days in cashing out early and think on balance we’ll win out even if we do one day flog the very rare future world star.