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  • 7 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 51847
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Newcastle - Fulham Preview: Magpies look to move away from relegation zone

Alan Pardew's side sit just three points above the bottom three and welcome Martin Jol's Cottagers to St. James Park who are unbeaten in four games and in 10th place

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE

Elliot
Simpson, Yanga-M’Bwia, Taylor, Cabaye
Sissoko, Anita, Guiterrez, Obertan
Cisse, Gouffran

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Karagounis
Rodallega, Ruiz, Emanuelson
Berbatov


For Newcastle, defender Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring) may make this game as a substitute having missed the clash with Manchester City as his recovery from injury continues.

Davide Santon returned for the Europa League clash against Benfica and will be hopeful of making this game also.

Cheikh Tiote has also struggled with a muscular injury recently but should be able to make a return to the Magpies’ midfield for this game.

Meanwhile, Cottagers midfielder Steve Sidwell begins his three-match ban after being sent off against QPR for serious foul play.

Midfielders Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (groin) are both recovering from injuries and are close to match fitness, although this game may come slightly too soon for both.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle took just three league points from a possible 16 in the month of March, beating Stoke but losing to Swansea, Wigan and Manchester City.
  • The Magpies have lost their last four games away from home in the Premier League, a run that goes back to late January when they beat Aston Villa 2-1.
  • Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has made 122 appearances as a substitute in the league, more than any other in Premier League history.
  • The earlier league game between these sides this season ended in a 2-1 victory for Fulham, with goals from Steve Sidwell and Hugo Rodallega coming either side of a Hatem Ben Arfa strike.
  • The Cottagers have won 55 and drawn one of the last 56 Premier League games they have led by two goals or more.
  • In scoring twice against QPR, Dimitar Berbatov (pictured) scored in four consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.
  • The Cottagers have won four of their last five games to be played on a Monday, including wins against Arsenal and Liverpool.

Players to watch

P. Cissé

Position: Attacker

Games: 10

  • 7
  • 1
  • 0
For Newcastle, Papiss Cisse will once again present their biggest attacking threat as the Senegalese striker looks to add to the 10 goals he has scored this season in the Premier League. When he is on form, Cisse is a handful for any defence, so Fulham will need to be on their guard to prevent him having the chance to showcase his superb finishing ability.

D. Berbatov

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Fulham have the attacking threat of a rejuvinated Dimitar Berbatov leading their line after his superb double against QPR last time out. The Bulgarian has been inspired since making the move to Craven Cottage, causing numerous defences problems with his strength and skill.

Editor's Prediction

This game should have plenty of goals, given both sides’ attacking flair and somewhat inconsistent defences. However, they are both evenly matched on paper so this game could well end as a pulsating draw.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Newcastle United

Fulham

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
Draw
Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
58%
16%
26%

Top 3 Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
2 - 0
Fulham FC FUL
Newcastle United FC NEW
2 - 1
Fulham FC FUL
Newcastle United FC NEW
1 - 1
Fulham FC FUL

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