With Arsenal playing on Sunday, a win for Newcastle at Craven Cottage would propel them into fifth place and just one point below the Champions League qualification spots
Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Dempsey, Ruiz,
Simpson, Williamson, Collocini, Santon
R.Taylor, Cabaye, Guthrie, Gutierrez
Dickson Etuhu will also be in contention to team up with Danny Murphy in Fulham's midfield but the Nigerian is also carrying an injury. Aside from that, the rest of the Fulham side should pick itself. Mark Schwarzer is still a week or two away from returning to action, while Zdenek Grygera remains the only long-term absentee for Martin Jol. The Czech is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury.
Newcastle have doubts over the fitness of Yohan Cabaye but assuming he is ready, he should partner Danny Guthrie in the middle of the park. It's hard to tell if Alan Pardew will select two strikers (Leon Best and Shola Ameobi) or stick with the lone front-man away from home and utilise the play-making ability of Hatem Ben Arfa between the lines.
Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor and Sammy Ameobi are the long-term injuries for Newcastle whilst Demba Ba, Cheikh Tiote and new signing Papiss Cisse are ruled due to their participation in the African Nations Cup.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last five matches between the two sides at Craven Cottage has been decided by a single goal win.
- Newcastle have won just one of their last five away games in London (1-0 against Arsenal in November 2010).
- There are currently only seven sides that have had a longer Premier League stay than Fulham (Aston Villa, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United & Tottenham).
- Martin Jol's side have already played 36 competitive matches this campaign, just two short of a full Premier League calendar.
- Newcastle have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League away games.
- Alan Pardew's side have failed to score on their travels on just one occasion in the league this season.
- Seminal figures of footballing folklore shared roles at both Newcastle and Fulham. Sir Bobby Robson played 344 times for Fulham before later managing Newcastle for five years.
- The great Newcastle number nine Malcolm Macdonald began his playing career at Fulham before later managing the west London side for four years.
- The absent Demba Ba is responsible for half of Newcastle's 30 league goals this season.
- Clint Dempsey (pictured) is just one goal short of his seasonal record for Fulham (13). He currently has 12 to his name, with six coming in the Premier League.
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