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Fulham v Newcastle: Match Info

last updated Friday 14th December 2007, 5:30 PM
 Fulham_logo  Fulham_logoFULHAM

in Premiership
with 13 points

Played 16 games

Highest achievable after
Weekend's matches: 13th
Lowest could fall: 18th
 newcastle_logo  newcastle_logoNEWCASTLE
in Premiership
with 22 points

Played 16 games

Highest achievable after
Weekend's matches: 10th
Lowest could fall: 11th
  • Fulham enter this game on the back of two straight defeats, with one win in 14 Premier League outings, and just goal difference keeping them out of the relegation zone.

  • Fulham achieved their only league double of last season against Newcastle. It was the first time they had beaten the Magpies home and away in the same league campaign in their history. The Cottagers are now vying for a fourth successive Premier League maximum against them

  • Picked up one point out of 12 from a 2-2 draw, home to Blackburn on 25 November

  • Failed to score in three of the last four

  • In danger of suffering three successive losses for the first time in 20 outings, since losing to Everton (a), Manchester City (h) and Reading (a) between 6 and 14 April; the last of those three was Lawrie Sanchez' first game in charge.

  • Won three of 21 Premier League matches under Sanchez; just two in 16 this season.

  • The current total of 13 points is their lowest ever return after the first 16 games of a Premier League season; eclipsing the point a game tally recorded in the 2005-06 season, when they eventually finished 12th.

  • Conceded 81% of their league goals in the second half; 22 of 27.

  • The Premier League's draw specialists; seven of 16.

  • Cannot close out games. Lost the lead eight times in league matches this season and beaten in three games in which they held the lead; against Arsenal (a), Middlesbrough (h) and Aston Villa (a). Dropped 17 Premier League points from winning positions. Only Spurs have an inferior record, having squandered 19 points in similar fashion.

  • Both league victories have come at Craven Cottage. The most recent, 3-1 against Reading on 3 November, is their only maximum in seven at home.

  • The remaining matches this year include a home game with Wigan, a Boxing Day derby at Tottenham, and another away game at Birmingham, before the New Year's Day lunchtime west London showdown with Chelsea at the Cottage.

  • Clint DEMPSEY and David HEALY are Fulham's joint top scorers with four goals each; only DEMPSEY'S are all Premier League goals.

  • Fulham have used more players than any other club in Premier League competition so far this season; 26.

  • Brian McBRIDE has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Newcastle.

  • If selected:-

  • Aaron HUGHES will be facing the club where he started his professional career. The 28 year old Northern Ireland international made 278 appearances (205 in the league) and scored six goals (four league) for Newcastle before his £1.5m move to Aston Villa in May 2005.

  • Elliot OMOZUSI will be playing on his 19th birthday.

  • If on the field from the outset:-

  • Paul KONCHESKY will be making his 200th club career start (Charlton, Tottenham, West Ham and Fulham).

  • Suspended:-

  • Diomansy KAMARA (one match)

  • Fulham are chasing a third successive victory over Newcastle at Craven Cottage.
Howard Webb - Rotherham, South Yorkshire
League 14 5 6
Premier 4 0 2
  • Newcastle pay their first visit to London in the league this season, eager to capture successive Premier League victories, and regain a place in the top half of the table.
  • The Magpies gained a first win in seven, against Birmingham last time out, while the Cottagers were suffering another second-half collapse and their biggest defeat of the season (3-0, away to Everton).
  • eswFourth bottom on the Premier League's "Last Six Current Form" table with five points from the possible 18.
  • Won six, draw four and lost six of 16 league games under Sam Allardyce.
  • Gone 12 league games without keeping a clean sheet, since the 1-0 home win over Wigan on 1 September. Only managed two shut-outs all season; no club has kept fewer in this Premier League campaign.
  • Failed to score in one of their last 11 league outings; the 0-3, home defeat by Liverpool on 24 November.
  • Not won in six on their league travels, picking up just two points out of 18 since the opening day 1-3 victory at Bolton on 11 August.
  • Scored one goal in each of the last four on the road.
  • Not kept a clean sheet on their league travels for over 13 months, failing to keep the opposition at bay in 20 games since a goalless draw at Manchester City on 11 November 2006.
  • Won just one of their last six Premier League visits to London over 13 months; the 2-3 triumph at Tottenham on 14 January.
  • The remaining matches this year include a home game with Derby, a Boxing Day visit to Wigan, and another away trip to Chelsea, before entering 2008 with a home clash against Manchester City on 2 January.

  • Obafemi MARTINS is Newcastle's top scorer with seven goals.
  • MARTINS is also the club's top marksmen in the Premier League with six.

  • If selected:-

  • MARTINS will be making his 50th Premier League appearance - all in Magpies' colours.
  • Stephen CARR will be making his 300th career league appearance (Tottenham and Newcastle).
  • Steve HARPER will be making his 100th career league appearance (Newcastle, Bradford, Stockport, Hartlepool and Huddersfield).
  • The Magpies have not beaten the Cottagers since their visit to west London on 4 May 2005, when they won 1-3 with goals from Darren Ambrose, Patrick Kluivert and Shola Ameobi.
Craven Cottage on 03-Feb-2007
Fulham (0) 2-1 (0) Newcastle
Match Report
Helguson 49
McBride 73
Martins 90
Lastuvka, Rosenior, Christanval, Bocanegra, Queudrue, Routledge (Dempsey, 78 ), Brown, Volz (Diop, 67 ), Davies, Helguson, McBride (Montella, 80) Subs not used: Knight, Radzinski, Harper, Carr, Bramble, Onyewu, Taylor, Milner, Parker, Butt, Duff (Sibierski, 68 ), Dyer (Solano, 85 ), Martins Subs not used Srnicek, Huntington, O'Brien,
Yellow card:
Yellow card:
Bramble, Butt
Red card:
Red card:

P Dowd (Staffordshire)
League 21 12 17
Premier 6 2 4

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