For the second week in a row Newcastle United face off against a London club. This time in the form, of QPR. Queens Park Rangers already seem to have one eye on the beaches of Dubai and other exotic places, so a win shouldn't be too much asking for Alan Pardew's side. After last weeks somewhat dour draw against West Ham United, Newcastle need to get at least one win from the next two games to end the season on a high note.
Having not had a chance to watch last weeks draw I can't comment on the performance of the team, but it seems to have been a game which we started brightly and then faded as we seem to do nowadays. We can't afford to do that against the R's tomorrow and will need a strong 90 minutes, comments earlier in the week may have seen Alan Pardew lose face with the Newcastle hierarchy, and he will no doubt be eager to prove a point.
QPR have suffered a miserable campaign and the team that is filled with mercenaries have suffered a relegation. With nothing to play for apart from a tussle with Reading over 19th spot, a good result should be attainable. The R's come into tomorrows game with their fair share of injuries, including; Dj Campbell, Andy Johnson, Chris Samba and Shaun Wright Phillips. Jose Bosingwa remains a doubt for the game, just weeks after he was seen laughing, in the mist of QPR's relegation. Loic Remy faces the club he turned down in January, to the tune of a reported 86k a week.
Newcastle also have injuries, much like they have all season. Shola Ameobi, Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul and Haris Vuckic are all set to be side-lined until pre-season. Whereas fullback Ryan Taylor looks certain to miss all of next season as well. Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon could make a return from injury. Neither team is suffering from suspensions.
The form guide really does reflect both of these teams seasons, QPR have no win in their last 6 games, whereas Newcastle have one.
Newcastle United predicted line-up: Elliot; Debuchy, Coloccini, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa; Gutierrez, Tiote, Cabaye; Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran.
My Predicted result: 2-1 Newcastle
That result would safe Newcastle from the drop and would allow, Pardew and Co to begin preparing for next season, knowing what league we will be in. Come back tomorrow for a live thread of the game from the usuals!