Surprising news, that we didn’t really want to hear, is that Steven Taylor did not travel to West London because of injury, so Brazilian Claudio Cacapa comes into central defense to partner Coloccini.
But this is also a chance for the Brazilian, who is very experienced, to show he is a good squad player, who can perform well when needed, and it will put a little more responsibility on Argentine Fabricio Coloccini, to have another solid game for the team.
Other than Coloccini, Newcastle are unchanged, as expected, and young Andy Carroll comes into the squad as a substitute.
Michael Owen, as expected, will be on the bench, as Newcastle look for a third consecutive victory, but solidity in defense will be a key to winning this game.
Fulham: Mark Schwarzer, John Pantsil, Paul Konchesky, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Zoltan Gera, Danny Murphy, Jimmy Bullard, Simon Davies, Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora
Subs: Chris Baird, Clint Dempsey, Erik Nevland, Pascal Zuberbuhler, Fredrik Stoor, Leon Andreasen, Julian Gray
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Owen, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Danny Guthrie, Andy Carroll
Referee: Martin Atkinson