Fulham v Newcastle – Match Preview

Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse Newcastle UnitedNewcastle and Fulham are both level on 17 points going into this one and looking to add impetus to their seasons respectively.

For the Magpies they have struggled to adapt to Premier League fixtures after Thursday nights and now this is out of the way for the near future, they can focus on domestic issues.

Fulham will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to Tottenham last time out and get back to winning ways.

Alan Pardew, made nine changes for Thursday night’s 2-0 Europa League defeat in Bordeaux, was expecting ┬ádefender David Santon (groin), midfielders Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa ( hamstring) Gabriel Obertan (toe) and striker Demba Ba (hamstring) to train on Friday, while Jonas Gutierrez (knee) is in line to resume on Sunday. Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are long term absentees

The Newcastle boss will hoping to have all at his disposable as they look to their season back on track after their stopped the rot last Monday with a 3-0 win over Wigan. This was their first win in 5 Premier League outings.

Martin Jol expects to be able to welcome back Brede Hangeland for the clash at Craven Cottage with the Norwegian international being suspended for the last three matches. Alex Kacaniklic is back too after suffering a hamstring injury. Bryan Ruiz and Sascha Riether are expected to be out for slightly longer, with the former expected to be out for at least a month.

Fulham have won 5 of their last 6 Premier League home fixtures against Newcastle and will be looking to build on that, come Monday.

Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Newcastle