Moussa Sissoko


By Tom Easterby

 

Newcastle United travel to the capital on Saturday to take on the Barclays Premier League's bottom club, Fulham (3pm kick-off).

The fixture at Craven Cottage gives United the opportunity to complete their second double of the season, after February's 1-0 defeat of Aston Villa brought about their first.

Alan Pardew's side need four goals to rack up their 100th league goal against the Cottagers, but Felix Magath's strugglers could beat them to it as just one goal will see them bring up their own century against the Toon.

Hatem Ben Arfa's late stunner at St. James' Park gave Newcastle victory when the sides last met and a repeat of that scoreline could see the Magpies rise to within two points of sixth-placed Manchester United.

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STAT ATTACK
Saturday's fixture is the 69th between the two clubs, and the 62nd in the league. Fulham have the slimmest of historical edges over United, with Saturday's hosts triumphing in 28 of the 68 games to date, compared to Newcastle's 27.


TICKET NEWS
Newcastle's allocation of 2,900 tickets has sold out.


LAST MEETING
23rd August, 2013 - Newcastle United 1 (Ben Arfa 86) Fulham 0

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini,Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Yohan Cabaye 65), Sylvain Marveaux (Loic Remy 74); Shola Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 65), Papiss Cisse

Fulham (4-4-2): David Stockdale; Sascha Riether (Matthew Briggs 73), Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise; Alex Kacaniklic, Steven Sidwell (Derek Boateng 89), Scott Parker, Bryan Ruiz; Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent (Adel Taarabt 82)


FULL RECORD v FULHAM
P68 W27 D13 L28 F120 A107


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Fulham - LLDLDL
Newcastle - WWLLLD


LAST LINE-UP
Fulham (v Cardiff City, Premier League):
Maarten Stekelenburg; Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland, John Heitinga, Kieran Richardson; Ashkan Dejagah (Giorgos Karagounis 50), Steve Sidwell, Lewis Holtby, John Arne Riise (Alexander Kacaniklic 46); Konstantinos Mitroglou, Cauley Woodrow (Darren Bent 79)
Not used: David Stockdale, Elsad Zverotic, Dan Burn, William Kvist

Newcastle (v Hull City, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong (Dan Gosling 90); Loic Remy
Not used: Jak Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse


TOP SCORER
Fulham - Steve Sidwell (7)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (13) 


TEAM NEWS
Fulham - Ex-Newcastle winger Damien Duff has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and the Cottagers are also expected to be without Scott Parker (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (groin) and Fernando Amorebieta (muscle).

Newcastle - Captain Fabricio Coloccini is back in contention, having missed the Magpies' last game at Hull due to a family bereavement. However, Loic Remy (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (groin) are both sidelined, joining Rob Elliot (knee), Davide Santon (knee), Hatem Ben Arfa (knock), Gabriel Obertan (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) on the sidelines.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Felix Magath, Fulham manager: "The most important thing is to win one game to give the players and the team more confidence. We have to take the chance in the home game against Newcastle. We've got the chance to take three points. If we can realise that I think we have a good chance (of survival). Now we have five home games left. I think it is possible to win the home games and take a win from the away games too."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We must understand their position. The psychology for them is to win - I don't think a draw, really, is going to be enough for Fulham in this game, so therefore I think it makes for a game that is going to be on a knife edge. We've got to make sure that, like at Hull, that we finish very, very strongly and we win the game."


REFEREE
Howard Webb (Yorkshire): 2013/14 record - 32 games, 101 yellow cards, four red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Peter Beardsley, Paul Bracewell, Lee Clark, Andy Cole, Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes, Malcolm Macdonald, Scott Parker, Louis Saha


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DID YOU KNOW?
Fulham have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 Barclays Premier League games.