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Newcastle United vs Fulham LIVE

Newcastle United vs Fulham LIVE

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Sean Longstaff, Guimaraes, Willock; Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin

Fulham

Marco Silva will be unable to call upon the services of Neeskens Kebano due to injury. In addition, left-back Antonee Robinson is banned for accumulating five yellow cards. However, talismanic striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is available again after a ban.

Fulham did not miss Mitrovic much against Chelsea, with Willian and Carlos Vinicius stepping up. But Silva will be relieved to have his top scorer back on Sunday. The Serbian hitman, who previously represented Newcastle United, could come back to haunt his former team as he looks to become the first Fulham player to score in four consecutive Premier League games on the road.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been a steal for Fulham, arriving in a deal worth just £3 million from Arsenal. His inspiring performance against Chelsea proved exactly why the German is certain to start against Newcastle.

 

He will be guarded by a back four of Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo, Tim Ream, and Layvin Kurzawa, who will get the chance to start, having impressed in the third round FA Cup victory over Hull City, where he scored the opener in the 2-0 victory.

Speaking of bargains of the season, Joao Palhinha, who signed for just €20 million from Sporting CP, has completely transformed Fulham’s midfield with his ball-winning tenacity, providing firm foundations in midfield for the Cottagers to build on. The Portuguese midfielder recently emerged on Liverpool’s radar. His midfield partner, Harrison Reed, falls into the same bracket.

Andreas Pereira, bought from Manchester United for up to £10 million, has been hugely efficient both in open play and from set plays, laying a beautiful cross for Vinicius’s goal against Chelsea. The former Flamengo playmaker will be flanked by Bobby De Cordova-Reid and an inspired Willian, who initially drew skepticism when his free transfer was confirmed on deadline day but is now a fan favourite.

Probable lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Kurzawa; Palhinha, Reed; De Cordova-Reid, Andreas Pereira, Willian; Mitrovic

Key Stats

  • Newcastle United are looking to complete the league double over Fulham for the first time since 2007/08. The Magpies are also looking to make three straight wins against the Cottagers for the first time ever.
  • Fulham are without a win in their last six Premier League visits to St. James’ Park (D3 L3) since a 1-0 victory in May 2009.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games (W8, D5), and should they prevail against Fulham, they will match their all-time Premier League record of going 14 games without tasting defeat between May and November 2011.
  • Newcastle United have preserved a clean sheet in each of their past four Premier League games; the Magpies have never kept five in a row in their top-flight history.
  • Fulham are one of Newcastle striker Callum Wilson’s favourite clubs to play against, having scored four goals in his four Premier League games against them.
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