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Newcastle United vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 36 1617 at St. James' Park

Saturday 11th March 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: James Linington (Newport, IOW)

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benítez
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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez will be without defender DeAndre Yedlin for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Fulham.

The full-back missed the goalless draw at Reading in midweek with a thigh problem and is expected to be out for up to two weeks.

However, Benitez at least has options with Jesus Gamez starting at right-back at the Madejski Stadium and Vurnon Anita having played there in the 3-1 victory at Huddersfield last Saturday evening.

Leading scorer Dwight Gayle will hope for a return to the starting line-up after two appearances as a substitute following his return from a hamstring problem, but midfielders Isaac Hayden (ankle) and Rolando Aarons (knee) are still out.

Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four home league games against Fulham (W3 D1) since losing 1-0 in May 2009 under the management of Alan Shearer.

The Magpies are unbeaten in their last 11 Championship games (W7 D4) - the second longest unbeaten run in the division this season (Brighton, 18 between September and January).

Dwight Gayle averages a goal every 87 minutes in the Championship this season, the best rate in the division (minimum 5 goals).


Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham will again be without winger Floyd Ayite.

The Togo international has not featured since coming off during the second half of the 2-2 draw at Cardiff with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

On-loan midfielder Lucas Piazon remains out with a broken jaw, but the club hope to have him back before the end of the season.

Greek defensive midfielder Thanos Petsos has been out with a calf problem.

Each of the last four meetings between the sides has ended 1-0, with Fulham winning the most recent two and Newcastle winning the two prior to that in 2013.

Fulham have won 22 points from losing positions in the Championship this season - at least seven more than any other side.

Fulham have had more shots than any other Championship side this season (562), while Newcastle have had the most shots on target (197)

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