QPR v Newcastle United: Barton certain to be centre stage

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All the talk prior to this game has, unsurprisingly, been about Joey Barton.

The former Newcastle midfielder was brilliant for the Magpies last season before falling out with the club’s hierarchy and being shipped off to QPR on a free transfer.

It’s his first meeting against his former club and it promises to be a cracker…

Match odds

This is the first meeting between these sides in the Premier League since 1996 when Newcastle won 2-1 thanks to a brace from Peter Beardsley.

QPR head into this game as favourites at 6/4 but Newcastle look the more tempting proposition at 19/10.

The Magpies have got seven points from their three games so far this term and are unbeaten in six league matches.

Meanwhile, QPR have lost two of their opening three games this season and have hit the net just once during that period.

Back Newcastle to keep up their brilliant start at 19/10.

Goal markets

There has never been a goalless draw between these sides in the league but if you fancy that trend to be broken a 0-0 scoreline can be backed at 8/1.

However, with QPR shipping six goals in their opening three games this term and Newcastle conceding just two, the Magpies will be confident of finding the net and shutting out QPR.

A 1-0 win for Alan Pardew’s side looks good at 8/1.

If you fancy Joey Barton to rub his former employers noses in their decision to let him go though, then the midfielder is 10/1 to bag the first goal of the game and 7/2 to score at any time.

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