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P.J. Murray 12th Sep 2011 - 7:15

Barton to bash the Magpies

Sky must have been rubbing their hands in delight when Joey Barton put pen to paper for QPR, what already was an interesting game took on a whole new dimension and should draw an even bigger crowd.

QPR are the only one of the three promoted sides to taste victory so far in the top flight, their shock 1-0 win at Everton makes up the three points which they have accumulated. They have spent well in the transfer market bringing in Barton, Sean Wright Philips and Anton Ferdinand.

Newcastle on the other hand have failed to really hold on to their big guns, and it was felt that the departure of Barton marked the exit of the last real Newcastle star. Although he signed with QPR, he constantly stated his desire to remain in Geordieland but his pleas fell on deaf ears. He is known for his fiery reputation, but will he look to settle a few scores on the pitch and get himself booked, we are offering a massive enhancement as part of another matchwinner offer. You can back Barton to be booked, originally 5/4 we are now going 2/1.

Alan Pardew is disappointed not to land any strikers, but Leon Best has admitted that he wants to play himself back into the Ireland squad and what better way to do that then bag a few goals live on Sky Sports. He is 7/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 to breach the QPR defence at anytime during the 90 minutes.

Newcastle haven't been beaten by QPR in their last four meetings, three of which were victories for the Northerners. But since the takeover by Tony Fernandes there is a renewed confidence around Loftus Road and a belief that QPR can not only consolidate a place in the Prem, but also make some inroads into the top half of the table.

Newcastle (2/1) have made their best start to a top-flight season since 1995-96 so there will be no shortage of confidence from their end.  However they haven't gone seven games without a defeat since 2008.

QPR (11/8) will want to put their bad start behind them, going down 4-0 to Bolton at Loftus Road on the first day of the season. The

Much has been made of Taarabt and how he would settle into the Premier Division and slowly but surely he has found his feet. He has had 14 shots but has yet to find the target, he is 7/1 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

The QPR defence hasn't been entirely effectual so far this season and I think that both teams to score at 10/11 could well be worth looking at. And also the over goals, 2.5, at 6/5 seems to be another good bet. These sides have never finished goalless and with so many new faces in the QPR side not only will they be wanting to impress but they could also disrupt the harmony and there could be a negative effect.

Ultimately this is going to be a high scoring affair, with many people looking at Barton there will be huge pressure on him, this may free up the likes of Wright Philips to do some damage.

Although my heart says QPR will romp this, I think the new signings will take some time to settle in and I would go for a draw in this game at 11/5.


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