We seems to have got the team right this time, and the in-form Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa moves across to right-back for the injured Mathieu Debuchy, and striker Papiss Cisse starts for the injured Loic Remy up front – and captain Coloccini returns to lead the side at Craven Cottage today
And 17 year-old Adam Armstrong is again on the bench today, and maybe this is the game where the top Newcastle-born youngster will make his Newcastle debut – hope so.
The team is a good one, even without Remy and Debuchy, and it appears that David Santon is still out injured and Ben Arfa is also injured but hopes to return at home to Crystal Palace next Saturday.
Jak Alnwick is again the substitute goalkeeper, so Rob Elliot must still be injured, and of course the in-form local lad Paul Dummett keeps his place at left-back, with Frenchman Massadio Haidara on the bench.
This is an important game for Newcastle (aren’t they all?) and is the first without manager Alan Pardew in the stadium, and it would be great if Newcastle can get their third win in a row at Craven Cottage this afternoon.
The experienced Howard Webb is the referee today.
Howay The Lads!!
Fulham – tba
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Armstrong, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)