Ben Arfa Starts In Strong Newcastle Side At Fulham

Hatem Ben Arfa is in the starting eleven tonight for Newcastle, and it seems that all players injured against Wigan are now fit and start in the side.

Ben Arfa was passed fit as were Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez and Demba Ba and they all start tonight, in what is Newcastle’s strongest side – apart from the injured Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor.

And Steve Harper is on the bench tonight, for the first time in a long while, and the bench is strong with Shola Ameobi, the in-form Sylvain Marveaux, James Perch and youngsters James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson all names as substitutes.

But no place for Nile Ranger, with Shola being fit again and Sammy Ameobi is also missing tonight.

For Fulham former Newcastle winger Damien Duff is in the starting line-up.

Newcastle will be going all out for three points tonight.

Howay The Lads!!


Fulham (4-4-2): Mark Schwarzer; Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland (c), Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise; Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell, Chris Baird, Alex Kacaniklic; Dimitar Berbatov, Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes: Neil Etheridge, Philippe Senderos, Giorgos Karagounis, Mahamadou Diarra, Kieran Richardson, Ashkan Dejagah, Mladen Petric

Newcastle United: (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)