Goals in short supply at the Toon

More than half of their Premier League goals have been scored by Demba Ba

Queens Park Rangers travel north to Newcastle United’s Sports Direct Arena for Mark Hughes’ first game in charge on Sunday afternoon.

Rumours of potential signings have circulated aplenty since Hughes replaced Neil Warnock at the helm but, for now, he must work with the players at his disposal. Only Wigan Athletic have scored fewer Premier League goals than QPR this season and a shortage of midfield creativity will not make things any easier. Joey Barton is suspended for QPR following his sending off in the 2-1 defeat at Norwich whilst Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are on international duty at the African Cup of Nations. 

Newcastle may have similar problems in front of goal. Their success in the first half of the season was, in no small part, attributable to a solid defensive line including Tim Krul in goal and Fabricio Coloccini in the heart of a back-four that has kept seven Premier League clean sheets this season. More than half of their Premier League goals have been scored by Demba Ba, who is away on international duty with Senegal. Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger and Sammy Ameobi are also out injured, leaving Shola Ameobi and Leon Best, with only four league goals between them this season, to provide the hosts’ main goal threat.  On that basis, there is value in 188Bet’s odds of almost Evens for fewer than 2.5 goals in the game. Key midfielder Cheick Tiote is also away on international duty.

Newcastle have won three of their last four games including a highly-impressive 3-0 win over champions Manchester United. Alan Pardew will be confident of another three points here but ‘new manager syndrome’ may play a part. QPR have won only four of their 22 games in all competitions and currently find themselves just one place above the relegation zone. Their players will be desperate to impress the new boss and to end their nine-game winless streak. However, the trip to the North East may come too soon for Mark Hughes. With big-name signings yet to unfold and the absence of some key players, QPR go into this game as outsiders at 4/1. Newcastle, on the other hand, are full of confidence and, despite being without key players of their own, are odds-on favourites to take all three points. William Hill offer a best-priced 5/6 for a home win but a correct score of 1-0 (at 13/2 with Coral) or 2-0 (at 8/1 with Coral) may also be worth a punt. 

Recommended Bets:

Back Newcastle to win @ 5/6 with William Hill

Back under 2.5 goals @ 13/14 with 188Bet

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/01/2012 - 10:43 AM
Filed in:- Newcastle Betting News, Leicester City, Newcastle