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Premier League

  • March 15, 2014
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 25664

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Newcastle United

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Newcastle United

Suspended Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will not be allowed inside Craven Coattge, with John Carver set to take the reins against the Premier League's bottom side.

Newcastle United will have to overcome the absence of its manager against Fulham as Alan Pardew begins his stadium ban Saturday.

Pardew received a three-game stadium suspension and a four-match touchline ban after headbutting David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win at Hull City earlier this month. As a result, the former West Ham boss will not be permitted to enter Craven Cottage as Newcastle aims to secure a third consecutive Premier League win.

Assistant John Carver is set to take the reins and will hope for a similar performance to the one Newcastle produced in the comfortable victory at the KC Stadium. Pardew cannot have any communication with the Newcastle dugout during the game, but the 52-year-old insists that he has faith in Carver.

"He's been caretaker manager of this club before, and he's got vast experience," Pardew told reporters. "He knows our fans inside and out, and he knows what they expect, and I expect him to deliver that from the sideline even though I'm not there."

The return of influential captain Fabricio Coloccini could be crucial for Newcastle, with the Argentinian likely to come back into the starting XI after missing the Hull game due to a family bereavement.

However, Newcastle has not won at Fulham since 2007 and is set to be without injured top scorer Loic Remy (calf) and defender Mathieu Debuchy (groin). Playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is a doubt with a knock that kept him out of the Hull game, while fullback Davide Santon (knee) could again be unavailable.

Fulham's injury concerns are just as severe, with a number of key players on the sidelines. Midfielder Ashkan Dejagah is a doubt with a knock sustained in the 3-1 defeat to Cardiff City, and midfielder Scott Parker has a knee problem. A hamstring issue could again curtail William Kvist's involvement and Damien Duff may miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, but Fernando Amorebieta is in line for a potential return following a muscle injury.

Last weekend's defeat to fellow struggler Cardiff left Felix Magath's side four points adrift of safety at the bottom of the top-flight table. 

The London club is winless in its last nine league matches and in desperate need of a triumph to try to salvage a season that has already seen two managers depart the club.

Fulham's fans have scarcely had anything to cheer about this campaign, and captain Brede Hangeland has urged his teammates to repay the supporters' loyalty.

"The support has been fantastic and we're so thankful for that," Hangeland told the club's official website. "We feel that we need to repay that by winning as many games as we can for the fans, which will hopefully begin on Saturday. If [the fans] can try and push us over the line, in terms of getting wins, then that can only help. We all need to pull in the same direction."

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