Premier League: Newcastle United v Fulham match preview

A look ahead to the afternoon Premier League fixture at St James’ Park

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St James’ Park will house anxious fans who await promising transfer news after a summer of inaction. The arrival of Joe Kinnear and his limited impact on summer signings has disgruntled many whilst manager Alan Pardew has overseen some poor results on the pitch. Their previous stalemate with West Ham United went some way to repairing the damage inflicted on the side in their opening 4-0 demolition by a rampant Manchester City.

Fulham needed penalties against League Two Burton to proceed to the third round of the Capital One Cup in mid-week and Newcastle required two late goals from the Ameobi brothers to get past Morecambe.

Sought-after midfielder Yohan Cabaye could make the match-day squad amid interest from Arsenal whilst Loic Remy is in-line to make his debut from the bench in Saturday’s game. Fulham will hope tough-tackling new-signing Scott Parker continues his good form and Darren Bent will be looking to add to his goal tally after netting in their defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Newcastle 1 (Cisse) Fulham 0, Premier League, April 2013

Fulham 2 (Sidwell, Rodallega) Newcastle 1 (Ben Arfa), Premier League, December 2012

Fulham 5 (Murphy, Dempsey 3, Zamora) Newcastle 2 (Guthrie, Ben Arfa), Premier League, January 2012

 

STATS…

With one shot on target this season, Newcastle have the lowest tally in the Premier League.

Fulham just edge their head-to-head record with 28 wins to Newcastle’s 26.

 

ODDS…

Newcastle to win: 2.1

Fulham to win: 3.3

Draw: 3.5

 

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm

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