QPR have already been condemned to next year’s Championship but Newcastle remain on the brink and a win at Loftus Road would be a giant leap towards safety.
However, if the Toon are to pick up all three points they will have to do something they have not done all season – win in London.
On their five trips to the capital this term, Newcastle have only managed to pick up one point. In fact, Alan Pardew’s men have only bagged six of the last 39 available points in London. Coincidentally, their last away game came at West Ham with the game ending 0-0, which is 7/1 here.
However, that record has been symptomatic of dismal performances on the road in general this season, with the Magpies‘ only win coming at Aston Villa in January.
While Newcastle have been on the wrong end of several thrashings, most recently at the hands of Liverpool, their main problem has been scoring goals, with top goalscorer Papiss Cisse only bagging eight this term.
Consequently, Newcastle have only scored three times in their last seven games and it is 13/5 that QPR keep them out in this one.
Criticisms have been fired at the QPR players’ desire all season, but it would not be like Harry Redknapp to allow his players to put in an apathetic display. And while Rangers are already down, they performed with credit in their dead rubber against Arsenal and will not let Newcastle walk all over them.
While they still lost 1-0 against the Gunners, they went close a couple of times and Loic Remy, who has been one of QPR’s positives this term, forced an excellent save from Wojciech Szczesny. It is 6/1 that the Frenchman opens the scoring this time.
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