Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United

12 Sep

Rafael Benitez


Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle lost their first two Championship games of the season but have won their last four

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

QPR will check on striker Sebastian Polter (glute) after he was forced off during Saturday’s draw against Wigan.

Transfer deadline day signing Pawel Wszolek could make his debut after serving a one-match suspension which he picked up at previous club Verona.

Newcastle United, who are on a four-game winning run, could hand debuts to Christian Atsu and Daryl Murphy.

Midfielder Rolando Aarons will be sidelined for about eight weeks after surgery on a fractured metatarsal.

Match facts

  • QPR have won just one of their last 10 league games against Newcastle (D2 L7), though that victory came in their last meeting in May 2015 (2-1).
  • In the last two meetings between these sides at Loftus Road, the team scoring first has gone on to lose 2-1 (one win apiece).
  • All of QPR’s nine goals this season have been from set pieces, with Tjaronn Chery bagging four of those (three penalties, one free-kick).
  • Newcastle have kept three league clean sheets in a row – they have not kept four consecutive ones since April 2012.
  • Dwight Gayle has scored four goals in his last four Championship games for Newcastle.

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