Fulham v Newcastle: Ben Arfa Starts
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Hatem Ben Arfa returns to the Newcastle United starting line-up as they travel to Fulham on Monday night
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
At Craven Cottage
Hatem Ben Arfa returns to the Newcastle United starting line-up as they travel to Fulham in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night (8pm kick-off).
The French international forward has been sidelined for the last four games following a hamstring problem, but is back to boost Alan Pardew's injury-hit squad at Craven Cottage.
Ben Arfa's inclusion is the only change from the Magpies' last top flight fixture - a comprehensive victory over Wigan seven days ago - and it is at the expense of fellow countryman Sylvain Marveaux, who drops down to the bench.
And ten-goal top scorer Demba Ba - who bagged a first-half brace against Wigan - will lead the line on his own.
On the substitutes' bench, Marveaux is joined by James Perch, who returns from a domestic one-game ban, while there are also places for Shola Ameobi, Gael Bigirimana, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson and Steve Harper.
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
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)