Newcastle will take a giant step towards safety on Sunday if they can pick up three points against already relegated QPR at Loftus Road.
After Wigan lost their game in hand 3-2 at home to Swansea, the Magpies were able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their Premier League safety is now in their own hands. QPR can take confidence going into this game knowing Newcastle have the joint worst away record in the Premier League alongside Norwich.
Loic Remy will be a man under the spotlight after he dramatically turned down a move to St.James’s Park in January, following a last minute intervention by Harry Redknapp and chairman Tony Fernandes who persuaded him to move to the capital.
Alan Pardew will be hoping that Remy doesn’t come back to haunt his squad, as he continues to push Newcastle towards safety, despite all the increasing speculation regarding his future.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Newcastle 1 (Sh Ameobi) QPR 0, Premier League, December 2012
Newcastle 1 (Best) QPR 0, Premier Division, January 2012
QPR 0 Newcastle 0, Premier League, September 2011
QPR have failed to score in the last four meetings between the two teams.
The R’s -28 goal difference is the worst in the Premier League.
Newcastle’s one away win all season is the joint worst in the Premier League alongside Norwich City.
QPR to win: 3.0
Newcastle to win: 2.3
On 2 May 2009, Peter Lovenkrands scored the only goal at Loftus Road, as Newcastle passed the 100 points mark on the final game of the season of the Championship season and crowned their season in style.
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 11.10pm.