QPR might be slight favourites to beat Newcastle United in tonight’s clash at Loftus Road but odds of 19/10 make the Magpies attractive bets to pick up all three points.
The main talking point of the evening will inevitably be the QPR debut of Joey Barton against the club he left last month.
Barton joined Luke Young, Armand Traore, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jason Puncheon and Anton Ferdinand in sealing switches to west London in the lead-up to transfer deadline day following a high-profile falling out with the Newcastle board.
His decision to move to Loftus Road is a big endorsement for the new QPR regime headed by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes and will certainly make a difference to the club’s chances of survival over the course of the season.
However, whether all of the new players will be able to gel quickly enough to pick up a win at odds of 7/5 this evening is a different matter.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will certainly be looking for his side to exploit QPR’s likely lack of cohesion and claim at least a point at odds of 11/5.
In contrast to their rivals this evening, the Magpies were relatively quiet in the transfer window, especially when the recent sales of Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll are taken into account.
Even so, this has not stopped Newcastle earning two wins and a draw from their opening three league games of the season.
Indeed, Newcastle are now unbeaten in seven games, with this run including matches agaisnt Chelsea, Arsenal and fierce local rivals Sunderland.
It should also be noted that, where once Newcastle were noted for an inability to win in the capital, they notched away victories against Arsenal and West Ham in the Premier League and Chelsea in the Carling Cup last season.
With QPR having lost four of their last six and without a win at home since the beginning of April, a draw or Newcastle victory looks a safe bet in the double chance market at 57/100.
For those looking for more attractive returns, a 1-0 away victory looks good value at 29/4 based on the fact that Newcastle have conceded only one goal in three games in this campaign but scored just 15 away from home last season.
It was also the scoreline when the two teams last met at Loftus Road in a Championship clash in May 2010.
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And with Newcastle’s most prolific goalscoring period coming in the 15 minutes leading up to the interval, a bet on a Newcastle win at both half time and full time could also pay off at odds of 4/1.
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