Cottagers host the Magpies in the Monday night game.
Fulham started the season relatively brightly but have gone off the boil in a big way in recent weeks. Martin Jol’s West London side haven’t won in their last seven Premier League fixtures but were unlucky not to come away from either the Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge without all three points.
Newcastle United were in a similarly bad run of form before a comfortable win over ten man Wigan Athletic last Monday helped correct their slide down the table. Both sides have an identical record this term so one would have to predict a score-draw is on the cards.
Venue Craven Cottage
Last season Fulham 5 Newcastle 2
Referee Lee Mason
This season’s matches 9 Y29, R0, 3.22 cards per game
Odds Fulham 10-11 Newcastle 14-5 Draw 5-2
Subs from Etheridge, Kelly, Senderos, Dejagah, Baird, Karagounis, Banga, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Frei, Rodallega
Doubtful Riether (knee)
Injured Ruiz (hamstring, Jan), Davies (hip, Feb)
Form guide LDLLDD
Disciplinary record Y13 R1
Leading scorer Berbatov 5
Subs from Elliot, Ferguson, Williamson, Bigirimana, Marveuax, Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Ranger, Obertan, Amalfitano, Tavernier
Doubtful None Injured Cabaye (groin, Feb), S Taylor (hamstring, Feb), R Taylor (knee, Aug), Vuckic (knee, Aug), Gosling, (knee, unknown)
Form guide WLLLLD
Disciplinary record Y29 R2
Leading scorer Ba 10
Fulham and Newcastle have met 58 times in the league. Fulham have won 25, Newcastle 20 and with 13 draws.
Fulham have won five of their last six Premier League home matches against Newcastle, including each of the last three. Their only defeat since 2005 was 1-0 in January 2007, when Joey Barton scored the only goal.
Have failed to win in their last seven Premier League matches, their longest run without a win within the same season in two years.
Have also failed to score in their last three Premier League matches – equalling their longest ever run without a Premier League goal. If they fail to score against Newcastle, it will be their longest run without a top-flight goal in 51 years.
Have lost 14 points from winning positions this season – the most of any PL club that also featured in the division last season.
Have lost four of their last five Premier League visits to London. Their only win in the last nine was 2-0 at Chelsea in May.
Have failed to win in all seven Premier League away matches this season, picking up only four points.
Demba Ba is set to make his 50th Premier League appearance for Newcastle. He has scored 26 goals in the top flight for them.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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