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Mark Hughes takes charge of his first game for QPR on Sunday at St. James’ Park, and Rangers will have to battle hard if they are going to make it a happy day for their new boss.
QPR will have to go about their work with out the suspended Joey Barton, which will be a major blow for the visitors.
There is normally a honeymoon period when a new manager arrives, but it’s hard to imagine the Hoops getting too much joy up in Newcastle.
Without a win since November, QPR have lost 5 of their last 6 league games, and were held to a 1-1 draw with MK Dons last week in the FA Cup 3rd round.
Newcastle on the other hand are beginning to recapture the solid form which saw them climb up to 3rd position in the league a few months ago.
But with the Africa Cup Of Nations removing the likes of Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote from Newcastle’s squad, The Toon will also have to have a shuffle around.
Demba Ba has scored 15 goals this season, making the international call up very inconvenient for boss Alan Pardew.
From a betting point of view QPR are no value at all for the win. The new boss situation may boost the teams performance but they are a long way off beating Newcastle away from home.
Newcastle would look a far better bet at the odds if Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote were available, but they should still have too much in the locker for QPR, who have a lot of work to do if they are going to avoid relegation this season.