PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Newcastle v QPR – follow the action as it happens
Stay up to date with the action as Sportsmail brings you the news from Newcastle v QPR in the Barclays Premier League. High-flying Newcastle beat Manchester United last time out in the league while Mark Hughes will be looking for a win in his first game in charge of the Hoops.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Newcastle 0 QPR 0
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Guthrie, Cabaye (Ben Arfa 25), Gutierrez, Best, Shola Ameobi.
Subs: Elliot, Abeid, Perch, Gosling, Obertan, Ferguson.
QPR: Kenny, Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Derry, Buzsaky, Mackie, Helguson, Bothroyd.
Subs: Cerny, Orr, Hall, Campbell, Smith, Ephraim, Macheda.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
27min: Newcastle win a free-kick to the right of the box, Ryan Taylor delivers towards Fabricio Coloccini whose header zips *this far* over the bar. Encouraging signs for the hosts.
25min: Substitution: Hatem Ben Arfa (to great cheer) replaces the injured Yohan Cabaye.
21min: The stretcher is on for Yohan Cabaye now. He chucks his gloves off in a theatrical manner and disappears down the tunnel. No substitution just yet.
18min: Yohan Cabaye takes a is felled by Shaun Derry, he jumps up to push Derry in the back, then falls back onto the floor, rolling around in agony. So is he hurt or not
16min: Gentle applause from the home fans is followed by total indignation as the assistant awards a goal kick when they were expecting a corner kick. The Geordies have been unusually quiet so far this afternoon.
12min: Demba Ba has just tweeted his thoughts on the action so far: 'I miss st james park 🙁 ', he says. I fancy they're missing you more on the evidence I've seen so far.
10min: Finally, some possession for the hosts. They ping a few passes about midfield but then lump a long pass into the box marked 'hopeful' and it's easily cleared.
6min: What a difference a manager makes. I fancy Neil Warnock will be watching his former charges with a touch of anger as they look like world beaters in these opening stages. Not the relegation fodder he left last week. Akos Buzsaky tries his luck from 20 yards out, the ball dips and swerves and Tim Krul can only palm the effort away. That's the visitor's fifth attempt on goal already!
5min: 'Handbaaaaaaaal' shout the players and gaggle of QPR fans who have made the journey north. Danny Simpson blocks a shot just inside his own area, but its with the top of his shoulder. No penalty.
2min: Another early chance for Rangers. Heidar Helguson finds himself in acres in the box, squares to Shaun Wright-Phillips whose low shot is blocked by Tim Krul. Jay Bothroyd runs in to try and collect any potential loose ball but he's ruled offside.
1min: Early dip at goal from Heidar Helguson which bobbles and pips its way through to Tim Krul who collects comfortably.
KICK OFF: QPR get the game under way, kicking towards the Gallowgate End…
Frosty reception: A deep chill has descended on the North East ahead of the visit of QPR
13.26: Teams, officials, fans, noise and all the usual accoutrement one needs for a game of footer are now present on the pitch at St James' Park (that one was for you, Tony, Hants). Kick-off is imminent. Reem.
13.19: Message below from Tony, Hants. I'm afraid the stadium is called the Sports Direct Arena and will be for the foreseeable. If it makes you happier I'll slip in a few references to St James' Park, right
13.15: Biggest question of the afternoon has to be how the Geordies fare without key duo Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba. Alan Pardew has put his faith in Leon Best and Shola Ameobi who can use this time to establish a firm footing in the starting XI.
13.02: So the team news in full from the Sports Direct Arena… Hatem Ben Arfa has to make do with a substitute role despite his FA Cup heroics as Newcastle looked to climb back up the Barclays Premier League.
The Frenchman, scorer of a fine goal against Blackburn last weekend, makes way along with fellow midfielders Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan as Danny Guthrie return to the starting line-up after a seven-game injury lay-off and is joined by Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi.
New QPR boss Mark Hughes makes six changes for his first game in charge, with fit-again goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, Anton Ferdinand, Akos Buzsaky, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Heidar Helguson and Jay Bothroyd all drafted in.
Reach for the stars: Hughes takes charge of QPR for the first time this afternoon
12.51: QPR owner Tony Fernades (via Twitter): 'Just had a wonderful call from Neil Warnock to wish us luck today. Top man and great to have the call before a tough game.'
12.40: The teams are in…
12.30pm: Afternoon everyone and welcome to Sportmail's coverage of Sunday's Barclays Premier League football.
A double-header today as Champions League chasing Newcastle host west Londoners QPR, new of manager and high of hope that they can remain in the top flight.
Mark Hughes has begun his tenure in bullish fashion, there's even been mention of lifting the Premier League crown, believe it or not.
Asked if winning the title was the
club's ultimate target, he said: 'If I am still here in the next five
or 10 years then we will be speaking of that stage but we're not at that
Still, one step at a time, hey. Rangers currently occupy a berth in the relegation places – third bottom to be precise – but a point at St James' Park would seem them reach the lofty heights of 16th.
But Alan Pardew's side will see this fixture as a prime opportunity to pick up where they left off in the league with their stunning 3-0 win over champions Manchester United.
If they win by a margin of four today they can leap-frog Arsenal in fifth position and put them right back in the hunt for a cherished spot in the top four.
More of that later, I'll bring you news of the teams shortly and you can get involved via EMAIL or TWITTER. It's up to you.
United front: Newcastle hammered the champions 3-0 at St James' Park