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MATCH PREVIEW ~ Fulham welcome Newcastle United ~ Prem MD38 20/21

last updated Saturday 22nd May 2021, 10:20 PM

Match Preview

Fulham vrs Newcastle United

Premier League Match Day 38 at Craven Cottage

Sunday 23rd May 2021    KO: 16:00

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Live on Sky Sports

Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
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Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce
Newcastle United boss
Steve Bruce
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Fulham play host to Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon looking to end the Premier League campaign in 18th position in the standings.

While the Magpies can still drop down to 17th spot, the visitors will feel that 12th place is within their reach if they can prevail at Craven Cottage.

When Newcastle went into the March international break on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, it felt like Steve Bruce was on the brink of being sacked as manager.

However, his side have come through a difficult run of fixtures with 14 points from eight matches, a return which should theoretically ease any pressure on the Magpies boss.

Although sections of the St James' Park crowd voiced their displeasure earlier this week, the majority of supporters will acknowledge that Bruce deserves to begin a third campaign at his boyhood club.

Newcastle would be in an entirely different position had it not been for the contribution of Joe Willock, the Arsenal loanee having now scored in six successive games.

Mikel Arteta has already stated that the midfielder will feature in his squad next season, potentially leaving Bruce to consider his options at the weekend as he looks to move Newcastle into a respectable 12th position.

A few weeks ago, this fixture was regarded as a potential relegation decider, but Scott Parker will end the campaign with these two clubs going in opposite directions.

Despite claiming points from many of the top teams this season, it is defeats in games such as this one which have booked Fulham's ticket back to the Championship.

Although positives will be taken from the 1-1 draw at Manchester United in midweek, the Cottagers will inevitably see players come and go during the summer.

Parker will still have interest in ending the campaign in 18th position with the club being able to benefit from the extra prize money for finishing ahead of West Bromwich Albion.

Nevertheless, the blooding of Fabio Carvalho shows that Parker has one eye on next season, leaving open the possibility of other youngsters featuring on Sunday.

Head to head
  • Newcastle could win back-to-back Premier League away games at Fulham for the first time since 2005.

  • Fulham have won 12 Premier League matches against Newcastle - they've never beaten another side 13 times in the division.
  • Fulham are winless in nine Premier League games, earning just two points during that run.

  • They have lost five successive league fixtures at home.

  • Only Sheffield United have scored fewer league goals than Fulham's four since the start of April.

  • They have won their final Premier League game in just one of the past seven seasons.

  • Scott Parker scored four goals in 55 Premier League appearances for Newcastle.
Newcastle United
  • Newcastle have won four of their past seven Premier League games (D1, L2).

  • They have won their final league fixture of the season in five of the six previous years.

  • Since the start of April, only Liverpool have scored more than Newcastle's 16 Premier League goals.

  • Joe Willock could join Alan Shearer as the only Newcastle players to score in seven consecutive Premier League appearances.

  • Willock's tally of seven league goals since his debut on 6 February is more than any Arsenal player in the same period.

Source Matt Law at Sports Mole
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