Our match prediction:
Queens Park Rangers will be looking to retain their spot in top six with a win over high-flying Newcastle United. The Hoops head into the game following a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers and they are certainly eager to start a new winning run in the Championship. Newcastle, on the other hand, did not kick off the new season in style, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Fulham and Huddersfield Town, but they have been impressive in the English second tier ever since. The Magpies are on a four-game winning run in the Championship ahead of the trip to London and they aim to build on a 2-0 win at Derby County. Yoan Gouffran opened his goal-scoring account at the weekend and the French footballer is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. However, seeing that both teams have been producing fine performances at the back, we predict that under 2.5 goals will be netted in the Loftus Road Stadium showdown.
Highligted Player (Tjaronn Chery):
Tjaronn Chery is a pacey winger who is well known for his brilliant crosses. Chery impressed with Groningen in the 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign and, as a result, QPR owners decided to sign him. The Dutch footballer was born in Hague on 4 June, 1988, but he has yet to make his debut for the Oranje. Nonetheless, you should bear in mind that he was called up to the Netherlands squad in May, 2015. He used to play for the likes of Den Haag, Emmen, Roosendaal, Cambuur and Twente in the past, but no doubt, he was producing the best performances during his spell with Groningen. Chery scored ten goals for Queens Park Rangers in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he was named Players’ Player of the Year. He is capable of playing on both wings, but he plays as an attacking midfielder as well. Tjaronn Chery has a deal with QPR which expires on 30 June, 2018. He is a left-footed player.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354. Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past. David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.