Fulham vs Newcastle – Match Preview


In this fixture last season Newcastle were beaten 1-0.


That was the Wednesday evening following Andy Carroll’s transfer to Liverpool, and some of the players – like Jose Enrique and Joey Barton as two examples – were not happy at all that Newcastle had just sold one of their best players.

And there were a lot of Newcastle players in that game who were way below their best on the night, so there’s a chance tomorrow to make up for one of the poorest performances of a Newcastle side under Alan Pardew.

Fulham will be wanting to make up for the terrible beating they took at Blackburn Rovers last weekend,  when they were playing 10 men after 22 minutes after Yakubu was sent off for a lunging tackle with his boot around waist height or higher.

The score in the game at the time was 0-0 but Blackburn managed to get their 4th win in the league this season, playing with 10 men against a woeful looking Fulham side.

Fulham have not fared  well this season with Martin Jol as their new manager,  and they are currently in 14th place in the league table with 23 points from their 21 games.

It’s interesting to note that before Alan Pardew was appointed manger back in December of 2010, Martin Jol had just resigned from Ajax, and a huge majority of Newcastle fans  preferred him as the new Newcastle manager.

In fact here’s the poll we took at the time.

Who Do You Like Between These Three Newcastle Candidates?

  • Martin Jol (66%, 409 Votes)
  • None Of The Above (25%, 154 Votes)
  • Alan Pardew (6%, 38 Votes)
  • Alan Curbishley (2%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 616

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And you can see Alan got just 6% of the vote,  36 votes out of the 616 cast, but he’s done just great over the last 13 months on Tyneside, and Newcastle are in 6th place with 36 points from their 21 games.

Hey – maybe Alan was the right choice after all. 😀

Newcastle will be without Yohan Cabaye, since he’s still suffering from the ankle injury he picked up with that flying tackle by Shaun Derry on Sunday.

Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic or Alan Smith could come in for Yohan tomorrow, or the Newcastle manager could even play Ryan Taylor in central midfield, as he did after Cabaye left the field injured last Sunday afternoon.

And we think Ryan Taylor will just edge out Mehdi Abeid because of  his greater experience, along with his good performance of last Sunday.

Danny Guthrie has a slight knock but is expected to be fit for the game tomorrow, and that’s good news because Danny was great in his first match back last Sunday.

So this is the side we think will represent Newcastle tomorrow at Craven Cottage:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Taylor (R) Guthrie Gutierrez
Ameobi (Sh) Best
Subs: Elliot Perch Gosling Obertan Abeid Lovenkrands Ferguson

That’s assuming Peter Lovenkrands is fit again, and we have him on the bench, and Newcastle may need Peter to score some goals in the next few games.

The Newcastle defense will again be key for tomorrow’s game, and we hope another solid performance from them will  see us get yet another clean sheet, and we’ve had four of them in the last six games played, which is very impressive.

And with Demba Ba away in Africa playing tomorrow in their first game of the African Cup of  Nations for Senegal against Zambia, along with his new Newcastle colleague Papiss Cisse, we have to hope somebody can score the goals for the Magpies tomorrow.

Last weekend Leon Best stepped up to the plate and got a great opportunist goal, for his 4th goal of the season, and Shola Ameobi is definitely due a goal, having scored only one goal so far this season.

We have Ben Arfa starting out on the right wing, because he is both a goal threat himself,  and he can also carve up any defense and set up opportunities for the two big strikers up front with his immense skills.

Newcastle should be able to take something out of the game tomorrow, and even a win is possible.

We’d like to see another solid performance from the lads  tomorrow, but we need to start a lot quicker than we did last Sunday in those first 20 minutes,  when QPR dominated and could have been two goals ahead with a little luck.

A good start and an energetic performance tomorrow and Newcastle can take something out of this game tomorrow.

What do you think – and let us know what team you would start and why.

Comments welcome.



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192 comments so far

  • brobrotwins

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #1

    id take a 1 nil

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  • nimo

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #2

    well joey barton shown himself to b the tool he is again.. if i was to slag management off in any shape or way i would be out of a job whether he was a past or present manager.. line manager or chairman of a company.. joey is digging a grave for himself..hope he’s prepared to lie in it cos sparky won’t take no crap

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  • colwell

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #3

    I see that cwarr07 spouting shite again, he said Cabaye won’t play tomorrow as he is in a protective foot cast and on crutches. I guess the silly t##t missed the pics of him training today running etc

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #4

    We will LOSE 3-0 2moro wif the team weve got!!!hate to say it!!

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  • LenDixon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Gud evening. Somethin I been wonderin. Do u think Alan Pardew has finally realised he got cheated by Ferguson over Obertan? If he doesn’t want to sell Raveller Morrison to us when we made the highest bid, but is happy to seel us Obertan, bcos he knows Obertan is shite! This is y Obertan is not playing. Now Pardew wants to cheata Ferguson over Perch.

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  • alec6247toon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #6

    I know this is completely off topic, but do you think that there is a possibility of the powers that be at the club talking to Royston Drenthe’s people about agreement for the summer? Would be a hell of a signing for us I think, and would give us options on the right and left. He’s out of contract with Real Madrid, and from what I understand is on about £35k p/w so could fit into our wage structure as well.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #7

    If there’s been one player who has stood out so far this season for me, then it’s Ryan Taylor. Not because he’s the most skillful or talented footballer in the team, because he’s not. What he is though is a player with a big heart, a player who can be trusted to do a job wherever on the field he is asked to play, and a player who any manager would be delighted to have in his squad.

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  • brobrotwins

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #8

    i seriously worry for us tomorrow but i must say every other time i have worried about us this season we came up trumps so if its any thing to go by im going 4-1 the toon tomorrow

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #9

    NUFC Steve, like your positive attitude, Fulham to beat us 3-0 wow, dont think theyve scored three in the last 150 years, and certainly dont think our team of grafters will lay down and take a drubbling, too much character. Come ono the toon 1-0 away win Krul and Collo the heros again.

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Agree completely mag 52 and changed the game on sunday wen moved into CM surprisingly????

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  • BeeGuy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Funny game last week. Essentially 6 defenders and 3 guys running around with Shola anchored in the middle. I’m not sure AP likes this style of play, but it sure beat his original starting line-up which was getting pushed all around the pitch.
    I think this will be a game when there will be long periods of squads trying to get hold of the game. Goals will be sudden and unexpected. I think it will come down to which side hops on its chances.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Dont think 2moro will be pretty but they are no great shakes, beaten off ten man blackburn last week, think we could be playing them at the right time, would take a draw but three would be orgasmic.

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  • pardew no 1

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #13

    i going 2 0 vuckic and ben arfa cameo goal i think we should play vuckic instead of cabaye

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  • LenDixon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Ryan Taylor is the best! it is a privilege to pay my ticket and watch him. I wish some other players were commited like him.
    I got a bad feeling we gonna lose tomrow. We got no Dembas to carry Shola, and we cant just expect Ben Arfa to come on after 70mins and be maradona when he cant even get decent match time.

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Cheek the toastie
    Expect the worst and hope to be proved wrong???But fulham are deadly at home 6-0 gainst Qpr,drew wit city,beat l’pool,beat arsenal…..

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Fulham could not beat a 10man blackburn last week FFS. We will p!ss on them tomorrow.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Guthrie in Cabayes role, Abeid in Cheicks.
    That is all.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Would take a comfortable 7th place this season now mind you,still think we are in transition, hopefully next year with all key players having a good pre-season we can get a good start and seriously threaten the top four. Still think we have rode our luck a bit too often in games rather than imposing ourselves like a good side would. See if we can get over 50% possession 2moro and Krul passes to full backs once or twice, would be an improvement.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Nufc Steve,are u for real,fulham have a ageing squad with no legs,a solid performance,and am telling u we will come away with a least a point.

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  • Willo

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #20

    For me, Ryan Taylor has to start in central midfieldalong with Guthrie or Abeid. We have a slew of wingers. Obertan can go right or Jonas can with Fergie left or Lovenkrands anywhere. My ideal team for tomorrow is

    Krul
    Simmo Colo Willo Santon
    Jonas Raylor Guthrie Fergie
    ___Best Shola_____

    HBA on for Best at the hour and Loverkrands for Fergie. Perch to wrap it up at the end.

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  • nimo

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #21

    id still b surprised if cabaye didn’t start.. if not then be guti ..raylor .. guthrie.. hba

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Krul
    Simmo,Willo,Collo,Santon
    Obertan Guthrie,Vuckic,gosling,Ben arfa
    Best
    Dont get me wrong Jonny has been class but think he needs a rest badly and obby and benny can give us pace on the counter?????

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  • mattnufc

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Why do we always not perform at Fulham?
    I think Pardew will go with:
    Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
    Obertan Taylor (R) Guthrie Gutierrez
    Ameobi (Sh) Best

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry I’d have RAYLOR in CM instead of gosling

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Granted they usually give a good account of themselves at home, but if we jump on them like the Stoke away fixture then i think we are capable of the win, QPR were seriously shit when they got walloped and fulham have also been spanked off Man Utd 5-0 at home, im sure we walloped the champs only two EPL games ago, have faith in the lads, u know they will be well prepared and will give 100% which gives us a chance.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Play Jonas on the right 2moro,Ben Arfa on the left.

    Tactical genuis.That is all….. 😉

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Check the toastie
    We have a different side to the one that beat man u????Our two best players played that day in my opinion????(cheik and Syrup man)

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #28

    I would go for:-

    ———————–krul

    simpson——-collo———williamson—-santon

    r.taylor——guthrie———gosling——jonas

    ————————–ben arfa
    —————-ameobi

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Is lost his legs duff fit???

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #30

    We could even go:-

    ————————krul

    simpson——-collo———-willo——–santon

    ————-perch————-gosling
    ———————guthrie
    ben arfa———————————-jonas
    ———————-best

    A solid central mid three, which would allow ben arfa and jonas to support a lone striker

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #31

    NUFC Steve…not so worried about losing 3-0. Our defence has been pretty tight, so can’t see it, Ba doesn’t offer anything as far as protecting our goal, tiote will be a miss, but we have people who can do a job against Fulham (surely?!?). Problem is going to be getting some goals in….i’m thinking 1-0 or 2-0 the toon! HWTL

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #32

    darren Duff has never been fit. Especially when he wore a Newcastle shirt.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Wouldn’t Pardew want to leave Perch on the bench? He may be needed later in the game at either FB, CB or CDM….he gives us good options towards the end of the game (Plus i’m not sure I could take 90 mins off perch stress)

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #34

    —————-Krul
    Simo-Willo-Colo-Santon
    ——-Guthrie-Vuckic
    Raylor—-Benny—-Jonas
    ————-Best

    Thats the team a think will start tomorrow, Vuckic came in before when Cabaye was out or Tiote one of the two.. Guthrie will sit like he did before and Vuckic will be in the Cabaye role

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibizatoon
    I’m just going by Qpr we looked well past our best.Qpr had chances!!

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Think cabaye will be fine, he was training today and probably yesterday (pic on nufc.co.uk) if it is a bit of bruising then he will play, same team as last week me thinks, with hopefully Benny starting instead of Shola, giving our midfield plenty of possesion, on 65 minutes Shola for Raylor Benny out left, 10 mins later wonder goal by Benny, 1-0 win, pretty simple really, they lack pace and legs our midfield hopefully will be too sharp for them.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #37

    GT89…is that the team you think will start or you’d pick to start? Do you not think Pard’s will go 4-4-2 with best and shola?

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Tony,how can a player go from so good at Chelsea to what he is now,crazy it is,

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Steve….certainly didn’t look too good against QPR! Still think we can hold out. Don’t forget they’re missing their GK and CF and have only won 1 in the last 5 games. I think Pardew will go for an early goal and then defend as we have done so well so far this season (expect when we were missing collo, Saylor and willo (Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again soon)

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #40

    darren It is typical, the player is class at other clubs then when they come to us they are shyte.

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