Liverpool’s failure to defeat Stoke at Anfield means that a Newcastle win against QPR on Sunday would see the Geordies move up to sixth in the Premier League. How much has Kenny Dalglish spent? How much have Newcastle spent? Oh yeah, and Liverpool have Stevie G. the world’s greatest ever midfield player (ahem).
Pardew will want the Newcastle players to push on after great results against Man Utd and Blackburn. All that hard work will be for nothing if the Toon don’t get a result this weekend. The QPR players will be looking to impress new boss Mark Hughes by showing them what they can do, and at what better place than St. James’s Park?
We last played QPR back in September when none other than Joey Barton made his QPR debut in a 0-0 draw. Newcastle didn’t exactly do themselves any favours in that game, so anything less than a win tomorrow will be seen as a disappointment.
The conundrum for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is who to start on the right and what to do with NUFC’s strikers. Does Ameobi start up front with Hatem Ben Arfa playing just behind him? Or do we go with Best and Ameobi up top and Ben Arfa on the right? Obertan definitely hasn’t set the world on fire, so it would make sense that Ryan Taylor or Ben Arfa could be given that right midfield role, with Obertan dropping to the bench. If you were Pardew, what would your line-up be?
Whatever the line-up, the Geordie faithful will be hoping for a win tomorrow and continue their push for a top six finish.