A meeting between two sides that will feel they missed big opportunities during the week to push themselves into a prominent position in the mid-table free for all.
Much of the pre-match attention has surrounded the controversial Newcastle midfielder, Joey Barton, who appeared to punch Morten Gamst Pederson during their defeat to Blackburn on Wednesday. Barton may feel a little aggrieved that he is set to receive a three match ban for his actions, as after a similar incident last season, Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard was not punished for elbowing Michael Brown off the ball in full view of the cameras.
Back on the pitch, the version of Newcastle that turns up will probably govern which side leaves with the points. Fulham have lacked a little of the camaraderie forged during Roy Hodgson’s time at the club, but will have felt their late surge merited a draw against Chelsea in mid-week. Mark Hughes needs to create his own team spirit at Craven Cottage, however this may be a result to damage those early shoots of togetherness.