Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Premier League Preview - Newcastle United

Premier League Preview - Newcastle United

NICKNAME: Magpies

MANAGER: Alan Pardew

STADIUM: Sports Direct Arena (52381)

LAST SEASON: 5TH

Without question the surprise package of the Premier League last time out. There were more than a few raised eyebrows when Alan Pardew was the man tasked with taking Newcastle United to the next level, but despite initial scepticism, supporters are now wreaking the benefits of Pardew`s assembled side.

Demba Ba and Papiss Cissé were two of the players to arrive at St James Park with a bang, the Senegalese duo on fire in both halves of the season to propel the Magpies to a very respectable fifth place - a far cry from the anarchy of the summer previous, where expectations were bleak and Joey Barton and Mike Ashley were the figureheads of a club teetering on the brink.

IN: Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart, £400,000), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry, undisclosed), Romain Amalfitano (Reims, free), Vurnon Anita (Ajax, £6.7m)

OUT: Leon Best (Blackburn, £3m), Fraser Forster (Celtic, £2m), Danny Guthrie (Reading, free), Peter Lovenkrands (Birmingham, free), Alan Smith (MK Dons, free) Ryan Donaldson (released), Tamas Kadar (Roda JC, free)

PREVIEW:

Maintaining the standards of last season will evidently prove difficult, and Newcastle have initially sought to shed some of the talent that got them to the top flight in 2010. Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands have stepped down to the Championship while young talent have been drafted in in their stead.

KEY PLAYER: Papiss Cissé

The Senegalese forward set the division alight with his vast arrays of goalscoring qualities in just a short period of time. 'That' goal against Chelsea was a joy to behold and almost a freak of nature, helping Newcastle to a fifth placed finish.

Both he and Newcastle exceeded all expectations and it will be a curious thought as to whether Cissé can emulate his achievements of last season. The Senegalese striker will be looking for more goals and a considerable haul to try and take Newcastle that one step further.

PREDICTION: 7TH

I think Newcastle will still fare well this season, but there will be inevitably be some hangover from a memorable season last time out. Expectation and the demands of European football will place extra strain on a squad that as yet is not fully equipped to cope with these extra exertions.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 9:22PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

TV Figures So Far In 2016/17

With reports back in October suggesting that Premier League viewing figures were down...

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (22/2/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Washington Seals QPR Win

GOALS from strike duo Matt Smith and Conor Washington sealed a much-needed home win over Wigan Athletic.

Rangers had found Loftus Road a tricky place to play this season, with only four home wi

Team News - QPR v Wigan Athletic

Holloway names an unchanged team for the visit of the Latics

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Wigan
Suggested By:
Smithies49%
Furlong0%
Onuoha0%
Hall0%
Lynch5%
Bidwell0%
Wszolek0%
Manning5%
Freeman0%
Washington0%
Smith10%
LuaLua31%
Ngbakoto0%
Sylla0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Fulham 32 14 10 8 52 17
8 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
15 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
16 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 33 9 8 16 35 -13
21 Bristol City 32 9 5 18 32 -6
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 31 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk45
2.QPR4Me17
3.Boxer2
The Vital Football Members League