The rock bottom Premier League side will need nothing short of a miracle to survive the drop. Form is also not on their side, having collected only two points from a possible 27 in their last nine games. Head coach Felix Magath is however still optimistic of avoiding relegation, hammering his team with defensive drills during the week. Hangeland will continue to partner Heitinga in center back while Kostas Mitroglou should get the nod over Darren Bent to lead the Cottagers’ attack.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Santon, Anita, Tioté, Sissoko, de Jong, Gouffran, Remy
A inspired Moussa Sissoko performance earned Newcastle an emphatic 4-1 away win over Hull City and Alan Pardew’s men will be hoping for a similar performance. Pardew himself, however, will serve a seven game ban for his ‘headbutt’ on Hull’s David Meyler. Yanga-Mbiwa deputized for the injured Fabricio Coloccini last time out but Steven Taylor could very well partner Mike Williamson at the heart of defence against the Cottagers. Loic Remy is a doubt but should be fit for the journey to London.
In 2012 Fulham ended a run of 7 games without win against Newcastle. Let’s do it again this Saturday with Steve & Hugo! #coyw FFC 2-1 NUFC
— Ernie Klutz (@ErnieKlutz) March 12, 2014
Pardew starts his stadium ban this Saturday v Fulham at Craven Cottage. Fulham praying the ban extends to the whole Newcastle squad.
— Andrew Liu (@AndrewLiu5) March 12, 2014
Well thats the Sunday papers sorted. ‘Fulham fail to beat Newcastle who have no manager in the stadium’
— MJG (@1966MJG) March 11, 2014
Ben Arfa scores a real beauty at Craven Cottage last season. Can he conjure something similar and push Fulham closer to the Championship?
Felix Magath has been putting his side through defensive drills all week and if he wants to start his climb out of the bottom it must begin now. With Loic Remy possibly out injured, we’re backing John Heitinga – who also has a goal and an assist in his last two games – to lead his back-line to a Craven Cottage shutout.
Fulham vs. Newcastle United: An Alternative Preview
Fulham have won the last four Barclays Premier League home games against Newcastle.
Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in each of his three Barclays Premier League appearances against the Whites.
Fulham have used 36 different players in the Premier League this season; six more than any other side.
There have been five goals in the 85th minute or later in the last five Premier League games between Fulham and Newcastle.
There have been four penalties (all scored) in the last five Premier League meetings between Fulham and Newcastle at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have lost 14 of their last 18 Premier League home matches (W3 D1 L14).
Fulham have scored nine goals from corners this season, more than any other side.
Newcastle are the only Premier League team for whom an Englishman hasn’t scored this season.
Newcastle United have won four of their last five Premier League games in London.
Cheik Tiote will be looking to avoid being booked in three or more successive Premier League games for the fifth time.