Fulham travel to St James’ Park to take on the relegation threatened Magpies.
While all the attention has focused on their noisy new Italian neighbour just down the road at Sunderland, the fact Newcastle are only two points better off than Paolo Di Canio’s team has not escaped Alan Pardew. With Sunderland visiting St James’ Park next Sunday, the Newcastle manager has dubbed this fixture a “must win” game. In an attempt to minimise post-Europa League fatigue, Newcastle stayed in Lisbon on Thursday night following their 3-1 defeat at Benfica rather than flying back to Tyneside in the early hours of Friday morning. (Guardian)
Venue St James’ Park, Sunday 3pm
Last season Newcastle 2 Fulham 1
Referee Kevin Friend
This season’s matches 17 Y62, R1, 3.71 cards per game
Subs from Elliot, Perch, Williamson, Anita, Bigirimana, Ameobi, Obertan, Marveaux, Campbell, Gosling
Doubtful Tioté (hamstring), Simpson (ankle)
Injured Haïdara (knee, 13 Apr), Coloccini (back, 13 Apr), Debuchy (hamstring, 13 Apr), R Taylor (knee, 13 Apr), Vuckic (knee, Aug), Ben Arfa (hamstring, unknown)
Form guide LLWLWL
Disciplinary record Y58 R2
Leading scorer Cissé 7
Subs from Etheridge, Somogyi, Hughes, Frei, Rodallega, Emanuelson, Baird, Mesca, Davies, Enoh
Doubtful Enoh (thigh), Ruiz (hamstring)
Injured Dejagah (ankle, 13 Apr), Petric (adductor, May), Diarra (knee, Aug),
Suspended Sidwell (first of three)
Form guide WWDWDL
Disciplinary record Y36 R2
Leading scorer Berbatov 13
Newcastle have won only one of the last seven meetings (W1, D1, L5).
Fulham have lost on just two of their last seven visits to St James’ Park (W3, D2, L2).
Newcastle have lost three of their last four Premier League matches but they have won their last three at home.
The Magpies have 20 fewer points than they did at this stage last season.
They have managed just four clean sheets in the league this season. Only Reading have had fewer.
Newcastle have conceded 37 second-half goals, more than any other Premier League side bar Aston Villa (39).
Fulham are aiming to win three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season.
Martin Jol’s side are unbeaten in their last three away league games (W1, D2).
Fulham would be fifth if matches ended at half-time.
Dimitar Berbatov has scored in his last four Premier League matches. Ten of his 13 goals for Fulham have come before half-time.