Newcastle United vs QPR
English League Championship
Date: Wednesday, 1st February 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.
A couple of defeats at the end of December cost Newcastle the leadership position in the Championship table and they are now trailing Brighton by 2 points. And there is little room for complacency as Reading and Leeds are behind them inside a 7-point gap. Rafa’s men were off color in recent weeks. They defeated Rotherham 4-0 in their last Championship fixture, but were thrashed 3-0 by the lower division side Oxford United in the weekend’s FA Cup fixture. It is evident that they are a side in searching for some consistency at the moment.
Newcastle are the best away side in the league after losing in just 3 of their 14 matches so far. Meanwhile, they are positioned at 7th in terms of home form as they won in 9 and lost 4 of their 13 matches so far.
QPR had shown some signs of improvement when they picked 3 wins and a draw in their four-match unbeaten streak since New Year’s Day. However, the good run has come to an end with a home loss against Burton last weekend. The Rangers stay 8 points clear-off the relegation zone and they are expected to approach this game with less pressure.
Newcastle United vs QPR: head-to-head stats
Newcastle thrashed QPR 6-0 when the teams met for the reverse leg of the current campaign on September last year. This is Newcastle’s biggest win and QPR’s biggest defeat this season in terms of goals and margin.
Moreover, QPR managed just one win from the 9 meetings against Newcastle in all competitions, 6 losses and 2 draws.
The last three games between the two at the St. James Park are all won by Newcastle by a 1-0 margin.
Newcastle United vs QPR: Prediction
A home win is very much in cards as we compare the current form and h2h record between these two sides. Also, expect Newcastle to respond in a positive manner after the humiliating FA Cup defeat against Oxford in the weekend. We might well see them taking the game to QPR from the kick-off. Therefore, a 1-0 correct score at half-time is also recommended for this fixture.
Newcastle United vs QPR: Bet Tips
FT – Newcastle to win at 1.40 (2/5)
Correct HT Score: 1-0 for Newcastle at 3.60 (13/5).