Yohan Cabaye starts this afternoon in central midfield and Hatem Ben Arfa also gets a start today out on the right wing at Craven Cottage, in the important game against Fulham.
Ben Arfa comes in for Ryan Taylor, and it seems that Yohan Cabaye is indeed fit after sustaining an ankle injury last Sunday in the 1-0 win over QPR.
It had looked like Yohan Cabaye had been ruled out yesterday, as Alan Pardew had said the French International was really struggling to make the game, but that was probably a little gamesmanship from the Newcastle manager.
So there is only one change from the side that stared against QPR, and Ben Arfa is rewarded for his hard work last Sunday, but it’s pity that Ryan Taylor doesn’t also start this afternoon, because he is also a goal threat for Newcastle.
We have to hope that Leon Best and Shola Ameobi are among the goals this afternoon.
For Fulham, former Newcastle players Damien Duff starts and Aaron Hughes is on the bench and Bryan Ruiz, whom Newcastle went after back on August 31st before he signed for Fulham, also starts for the Cottagers.
Howay The Lads!!
Fulham (4-3-3): David Stockdale; Stephen Kelly, Brede Hangeland, Philippe Senderos, John Arne Riise; Steve Sidwell, Danny Murphy (c), Clint Dempsey; Damien Duff, Bobby Zamora, Bryan Ruiz
Substitutes: Neil Etheridge, Matthew Briggs, Chris Baird, Aaron Hughes, Kerim Frei, Marcel Gecov, Andrew Johnson
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Peter Lovenkrands