Fulham v Newcastle – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Fulham host the out of form Newcastle United who try to make amends for recent results after a two-week layoff…

Fulham have been showing great promise in recent weeks and have hit the ground running in 2024 despite facing mission impossible in a string of fixtures that included Arsenal, Liverpool (twice) and Chelsea, going down by no more than one goal in two of those games and beating Arsenal at home.

The ever-consistent defensive midfield of Palhinha and Cairney has proved fruitful lately for attacking runs from the likes of Bobby De Cordova-Reid, Willian, and Raul Jimenez who scored on his return from a suspension against Arsenal.

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Fulham v Newcastle United
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19.00 ITV / STV / ITVX

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
DEC 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 3-0 Fulham
JAN 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-0 Fulham
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Fulham 1-4 Newcastle
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Fulham 0-2 Newcastle
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-1 Fulham
MAY 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Fulham 0-4 Newcastle
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-0 Fulham
MAR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Newcastle 1-3 Fulham
AUG 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 1-0 Newcastle
MAR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Fulham 1-0 Newcastle

Last seen in a 1-1 draw at home against Liverpool which saw them lose 3-2 on aggregate, Fulham had their moments that day and had more chances and Expected Goals than Klopp’s side, but their late onslaught with nothing to lose wasn’t enough to overturn the result from Anfield.

Fulham’s position in 9th in the Premier League on home fixtures compared to 18th in away matches tells you their dislike for travelling and a strong performance could be on the cards today.

With that said, Fulham’s 3-day turnaround could prove problematic for Marco Silva’s men who in contrast face Newcastle fresh off a 2 week absence. Interestingly, in recent weeks, both Arsenal and Chelsea have fired up seriously impressive performances and great goalscoring proficiency after their respective layoffs.

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Newcastle’s alarming perch in 10th place in the Premier League table is a scary sign of what can happen to a club after one great season. With just one win in their last ten matches in all competitions which was against infamous rivals Sunderland, it’s unlikely that Craven Cottage will display such a warm welcome compared to the controversial away rooms located in Sunderland that blew up on social media…

Newcastle are now struggling to stay in the top half of the table and Eddie Howe will be desperate that their seemingly endless injury list finally comes to an end.

‘Toon’ took their chances last time out against Manchester City as Isak and Anthony Gordon both struck the goal with long runs and tricky finishes. With just 27% of the ball, a 2-2 scoreline after 90 minutes was very fair for Howe’s men, before substitute Oscar Bobb received an exquisite ball in added time from Kevin De Bruyne on his Premier League return, and put it past Dubravka to seal a late 3 points.

After early exits from Europe with a last-placed group effort and the EFL Cup against Chelsea in penalties, the FA Cup is now Eddie Howe’s only chance at silverware this season so expect a reasonably strong lineup despite a match in just three days at Aston Villa.

VERDICT
There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for Isak’s run of four consecutive goalscoring matches and I expect the two-week layoff to provide a significant boon to the Magpies and allow them to exploit any fatigue in Marco Silva’s men from just three days ago. Newcastle are unbeaten in seven meetings against Fulham and I don’t see that trend changing so I’m backing Newcastle and over 2.5 goals at 23/10 with starsports.bet.

LEWIS WILLIAMS

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