Danny Guthrie gets the nod on the right wing over Wayne Routledge, and experienced Peter Lovenkrands gets his chance for a start up front in the Premier League this afternoon, and is preferred to young Nile Ranger, alongside Andy Carroll against Fulham.
And it looks like Chris Hughton will keep the 4-4-2 formation that he’s used in the last 5 Premier League games.
Joey Barton is serving a 3 match ban and Shola Ameobi, as we expected, is rested so that he can recover from his most recent hamstring injury.
And would you believe that Fulham have no wins away from home this season, and indeed they haven’t won on the road in 24 attempts.
We’re not sure if that’s good news or bad news for Newcastle. 😀
Let’s hope the lads are out for revenge today, because in our last PL home game of the relegation season, Diomansy Kamara scored the only goal of the game. Kamara is a substitute today.
This is a decent side that Hughton has picked, and he’s kept faith with the back four from Wednesday evening – so they have a chance to keep a clean sheet today – hopefully.
Former Newcastle players Hughes and Duff are starting for Fulham.
A win today will put Newcastle right back on track, and that’s just exactly what we are hoping for this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Guthrie, Tiote, Nolan, Guthrie; Carroll, Lovenkrands.
Subs: Soderberg Campbell Taylor (S) Xisco Ranger Smith Routledge
Fulham Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Johnson (A) Davies, Murphy, Gera, Duff; Dempsey, Dembele.
Subs: Pantsil Briggs Greening Kamara Johnson (E) Etuhu Stockdale