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Fulham visit Newcastle -- Match Preview

last updated Friday 30th August 2013, 10:32 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Last weekend Fulham received an Arsenal backlash, when Arsene Wenger's team responded to early season criticism and scored three goals at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle fans will be hoping that their team can muster a similar revival after what has been the club's equal-worst start to a Premier League season since 2005.

While two games into a new season is a ridiculously early standpoint from which to judge the formative league table, Newcastle's position - in the bottom three already - has hardly helped morale on Tyneside.

From a top-five finish two seasons ago, to a bottom five finish in May; Newcastle fans know they can ill afford that downward trend to continue.

Yet to score a goal in the new Premier League campaign, it's a concern that Alan Pardew's side have only managed one shot on target during their two league games so far.

I was commentating at Morecambe on Wednesday night when it took Newcastle until the 84th minute to finally break the deadlock against League Two opposition in the League Cup.

Both of the Ameobi brothers, Shola and Sammy, scored in the closing minutes at The Globe Arena and Pardew can only hope that finally finding the net this season proves to be a pivotal moment. Coincidentally, the last time Fulham visited St James' Park Newcastle also came up with a very late goal - and that one certainly proved to be a massive turning point.

Papiss Cisse's 90th-minute winner in April moved Newcastle six points clear of the relegation zone, ensuring last season's slump did not become any worse than it might have been.

With Newcastle fans still crying out for high-profile arrivals, Fulham's new owner Shahid Khan has added Scott Parker, Adel Taarabt and Darren Bent to the ranks this summer. Martin Jol's side also had a taxing run-out in midweek against a League Two side, and were taken all the way to penalties by Burton Albion.

Fulham have a good record against Newcastle in recent years, managing to beat them in seven of the last eight seasons they've been in the same division.


  • The home side has won this fixture the last five times it has been played.

  • Fulham have beaten Newcastle in 11 of 22 Premier League matches. The only club they have a beaten more is Bolton (12).

  • Newcastle are chasing a third successive home win against the Whites. Overall they have won five of 11 Premier League home games against Fulham (D3, L3).

  • The three previous league meetings between these sides in the month of August have produced 19 goals - an average of over six per game.

  • Newcastle

  • Newcastle have failed to score in three successive Premier League games - they haven't failed to score in four in a row since January 2008.

  • The Magpies have managed only one shot on target in total in the Premier League this season; fewer than any other side.

  • Alan Pardew has used only two English players so far in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.

  • The Magpies have won just two of their last 11 league matches (against Fulham and QPR). Both victories were by a one-goal margin.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have won their last two away league matches, their most recent coming in the north-east at Sunderland. They have not won three in a row in since May 2008.

  • Seven of the last nine league goals scored by Fulham have come in the second half.

  • The Whites have gone eight league games without a draw.

  • Darren Bent became the eighth player to score for six different Premier League clubs last weekend (after Nick Barmby, Marcus Bent, Craig Bellamy, Andy Cole, Peter Crouch, Les Ferdinand and Robbie Keane).

Source Conor McNamara at BBCSports
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