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Fulham welcome Newcastle ~ Match Preview .

last updated Tuesday 01st February 2011, 12:00 PM

Fulham manager Mark Hughes Another new era dawns for Newcastle United as the Tyneside club begin life without Andy Carroll following the striker's extraordinary transfer deadline day move to Liverpool.

Despite manager Alan Pardew's insistence that boyhood Magpies fan Carroll would not be sold for any price, a record fee for a British player was clearly just too good to turn down, and Pardew will be desperate to lift the gloom on Tyneside with a morale-boosting three points at Craven Cottage.

We lacked a cutting edge earlier this season and that was hurting us, but now we are getting the players back we are turning that around

Fulham boss Mark Hughes
Fulham come into the game off the back of a hugely impressive FA Cup victory over Tottenham, a display that brought back memories of the Cottagers' run to last season's Europa Cup final and has been widely hailed as the most complete performance of Mark Hughes's reign.

The result was vindication for Hughes, who has long maintained that performances would improve with the return to fitness of key players including Andrew Johnson and Moussa Dembele, and with Bobby Zamora edging closer to a first-team comeback after five months out with a broken leg, confidence is high in west London.
  • Fulham lead the overall head-to-head count by 25 wins to 24, with 13 draws.

  • November's reverse fixture at St James' Park ended 0-0.

  • Mark Hughes is unbeaten in his last six Premier League matches against Newcastle.

  • The Cottagers are the only Premier League club not to have a player sent off this season. The last Fulham player to see red was Kagisho Dikgacoi at West Ham in October 2009, a run of 55 matches.

  • Newcastle are unbeaten in the league in 2011 (W2 D2).

  • Only the top four clubs have scored more league goals than Newcastle this season, with Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan accounting for 21 of their 36 goals so far.

  • Nolan is one goal shy of 50 in the Premier League.

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