By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United travel to the capital on Monday night to take on Fulham in the Barclays Premier League (8pm kick-off).
The sides are locked together in the table on 17 points from their 15 games played, and both will be looking for a victory to push them in the right direction.
When they met last season it was honours even, as a Leon Best double helped the Magpies to victory on Tyneside before Fulham got revenge at Craven Cottage in January with a 5-2 triumph of their own.
Monday's match is the 66th between the two clubs and the 59th in the league. In ten games away to Fulham in the Premier League there has yet to be a draw.
Tickets are no longer on sale for the away end at Craven Cottage.
21st January, 2012 - Fulham 5 (Murphy 51pen; Dempsey 59, 65, 85; Zmora 68pen) Newcastle 2 (Guthrie 43; Ben Arfa 85)
Fulham (4-2-3-1): David Stockdale; Stephen Kelly, Brede Hangeland, Philippe Senderos, John Arne Riise; Steve Sidwell (Andrew Johnson 37), Danny Murphy; Damien Duff, Clint Dempsey (Kerim Frei 90), Bryan Ruiz (Chris Baird 46); Bobby Zamora
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Dan Gosling 83), Danny Guthrie (James Perch 76); Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best (Ryan Taylor 85); Shola Ameobi
FULL RECORD v FULHAM
P65 W25 D13 L27 F117 A105
(Last six games - all competitions)
Fulham - LDLLDD
Newcastle - LWLLDL
Fulham (v Tottenham, Premier League): Mark Schwarzer; Sascha Riether (Stephen Kelly 29), Aaron Hughes, Philippe Senderos, John Arne Riise; Ashkan Dejagah, Steve Sidwell, Mahamadou Diarra, Kerim Frei (Damien Duff 62); Dimitar Berbatov, Mladen Petric (Hugo Rodallega 79)
Not used: Neil Etheridge, Chris Baird, Giorgos Karagounis, Kieran Richardson
Newcastle (v Bordeaux, Europa League): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson (Fabricio Coloccini 73), Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana; Nile Ranger, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi (Vurnon Anita 46); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 80)
Not used: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell
Fulham - The Cottagers welcome back captain Brede Hangeland from a three-game ban but they could be missing full-back Sascha Riethe (knee). Forward Bryan Ruiz is out until the new year with a hamstring injury, while midfielder Simon Davies is likely to return around the same time following a thigh complaint.
Newcastle - Demba Ba (hamstring), Davide Santon (groin) and Cheick Tiote (hamstring) are all expected to be passed fit following their early withdrawals against Wigan last time out, but there is still a slight doubt over Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring). James Perch returns from a one-game Premier League suspension, however Steven Taylor (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Gabriel Obertan (toe), Dan Gosling (ankle), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) are all sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Martin Jol, Fulham manager: "I don't think there was a big problem before the Sunderland game so for us, failure and success is an unbelievably thin line. We had a loss after that against Stoke, then we had a draw at Chelsea and lost against Spurs, so everything happened in two weeks. We have to pick ourselves up and pick up some points."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Every Premier League game brings its own difficulties, so it doesn't really matter too much who the opposition is. It's about ourselves and we produced a level of football against Wigan and Stoke that has buoyed us all on the training ground, and you can see that. There is definitely a strong attitude to attack games."
Lee Mason (Lancashire) - 2012/13 record: 13 games, 51 yellow cards, no red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Peter Beardsley, Paul Bracewell, Lee Clark, Andy Cole, Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes, Malcolm Macdonald, Louis Saha
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DID YOU KNOW?
Newcastle have lost five of their last six games at Craven Cottage.