Alan Pardew's side aim to overcome departure of Joey Barton and continue positive start to Premier League campaign, as west Londoners aim to put aside Europa League hangover
Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, R Taylor
Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Hughes, Hangeland, Senderos, Briggs; Kasami, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff
Expect Shola Ameobi to start up front if the striker recovers from the hip problem that kept him out of Thursday’s 2-1 extra-time victory over Scunthorpe, with younger brother Sammy likely to feature from the bench after grabbing a superb winner in what was a promising cameo in the midweek League Cup clash.
Gabriel Obertan is likely to start on the right of midfield following Joey Barton’s transfer to QPR, with Chiek Tiote and Yohan Cabaye lining up in the centre, whilst Alan Pardew will name an unchanged back four.
Sunday’s clash may come too early for striker Bobby Zamora to shake off the ankle injury that has kept him out of action for the past two games, with Clint Dempsey once again likely to partner Andy Johnson up front.
Martin Jol is set to recall Dickson Etuhu to midfield in place of Steve Sidwell in order to bolster his side’s presence in the middle of the park, with Swiss youngster Pajtim Kasami also set to return to the starting XI.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Newcastle United are the only Premier League side still yet to concede this term, with a goalless draw in their opening fixture against Arsenal followed by a 1-0 victory over local rivals Sunderland in last Saturday’s clash at the Stadium of Light.
- If Newcastle are able to keep their third consecutive clean sheet of the new Premier League season, it would be the Magpies best defensive start to a campaign for 50 years.
- Such a feat may not appear so unlikely when Fulham’s attacking record so far this season is considered, with the west Londoners yet to find the back of the net in their first two matches against Aston Villa and Wolves.
- However it is Newcastle who have struggled in front of goal against Sunday’s visitors in recent history, failing to score in their last three games against the Cottagers.
- This will be Fulham’s third consecutive visit to St. James’ Park in which they have had a different manager at the helm, with Mark Hughes in charge for last season’s 0-0 draw, while Roy Hodgson’s side compounded misery at Newcastle two years before that, as they all but condemned their hosts to relegation to the Championship in the second to last game of the 2008-09 season with a 1-0 away victory.