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Fulham v Newcastle United – Match Preview

Posted on January 20th, 2012 | 28 Comments |

Craven Cottage
Craven Cottage: Home of the "Cottagers"
Fulham are one of those inconsistent teams that seem to go from one extreme to the other. This season for example they have crushed Queens Park Rangers 6-0 at Craven Cottage, including a hat-trick for Andy Johnson, but also lost 0-5 to easy meat like Manchester United (did you see what I did there?). As far as this game goes, one of the factors influencing the result will be which Fulham team actually turns up!

This inconsistency could, of course, be partly due to their squad being stretched to it’s limits with their extra games in the Europa League. They are no longer involved in that particular competition following a draw with Odense which ended their interest. As a result however, the game against Newcastle United will be Fulham’s 38th match of the season, and more than one commentator has been heard to remark that they have looked a bit tired lately. Lets hope that continues for at least one more game!

2012 got off to a good start for Fulham with an impressive 2-1 home victory over London rivals Arsenal, and this was followed by a 4-0 victory over another London team, Charlton, in the FA Cup – also at Craven Cottage. Then the inconsistency kicked in when they travelled to struggling Blackburn last weekend and lost 3-1. The danger for United is that Fulham have a pretty good home record, having lost only to Everton, Spurs and Manchester United.

By way of contrast United should be full of confidence as they are undefeated in 2012 with three straight wins against Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League and Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. Richard Branson’s lucky Virgin Money shirt logo only saw us concede one goal in those games, with six going in at the right end. It has to be said though, that those three games were all at St James’ Park.

The other thing worth mentioning is that Craven Cottage is not a ground where United have a good record – see the “recent statistics” section below. However, records are there to be broken – I mean we hadn’t beaten Manchester United since 2002 but took them apart 3-0 in front of 52,299 at St James Park on 4th January. (Didn’t think I was going to get that mention in for a while there!). Whilst Fulham’s ground is old fashioned, the pitch is always in good nick, which might just suit the current United style of play.

As usual, we’ll try to identify some useful streaming links before the game for those of us who won’t be there. If you know of any good links yourself, bring them along to our regular “match banter” feature, which will be on here around an hour before kick off.

Recent Statistics

We played Fulham at home on 28th August 2011 and won 2-1 so a win would give us our first double of the season. At Craven Cottage, we have won three and lost six of our last nine visits there – no draws in this fixture since 1983/84!

Year Score Scorers
2010-11 Lost 0-1
2008-09 Lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007-08 Won 1-0 Barton (Pen)
2006-07 Lost 1-2 Martins
2005-06 Lost 0-1
2004-05 Won 3-1 Ambrose, Kluivert, Ameobi
2003-04 Won 3-2 Shearer (2), Robert
2002-03 Lost 1-2 Shearer
2001-02 Lost 1-3 Speed

Newcastle United Team News

In spite of statements earlier in the week that Yohan Cabaye was OK, he is actually a doubt for this game having been stretchered off with an ankle injury following a poor tackle by QPR midfielder Shaun Derry last weekend.

Striker Peter Lovenkrands (calf) has returned to training, but central defender Steven Taylor (Achilles) and midfielders Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) remain on the sick list. And of course Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and new signing Papiss Demba Cisse are on African Nations Cup duty.

Likely squad: Tim Krul(G), Rob Elliot (G), Steve Harper (G), Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Davide Santon, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Mike Williamson, Tamas Kadar, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Danny Guthrie, Haris Vuckic, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands.

Fulham Team News

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer will miss his side’s Premier League game with Newcastle tomorrow with a spine injury.

Zdenek Grygera is also out with a long-term knee injury, while Mousa Dembele and Orlando Sa will also miss out with hip and hamstring problems.

Likely Squad: David Stockdale (G), Neil Etheridge (G), Brede Hangeland, Phillipe Senderos, John Arne Riise, Stephen Kelly, Kerim Frei, Steve Sidwell, Danny Murphy, Dixon Etuhu, Clint Dempsey, Bryan Ruiz, Simon Davies, Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes, Chris Baird, Prajtim Kasami, Bobby Zamora, Andrew Johnson

What The Managers Are Saying

Alan Pardew is looking to keep the ship on course whilst some of our key players are away at the Africa Cup of Nations, and hasn’t ruled out a top five or top six finish:

“The more it goes and the closer it gets to the end. I have said all along, that last six games, if we can find ourselves in with a shout, there might be less pressure on us, so we could make an impact.

“We are, after 21 games, the sixth best team, and that’s what we can try to improve on. It would be an absolute marvel if we finished sixth or fifth, but we are going to try, and see where it takes us.”

Prediction

Tough one this, if someone offered me a draw now, I’d take it. What do you think folks?

NUFCBlog Author: UTD111 UTD111 has written 59 articles on this blog.

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28 Responses

  1. Very difficult game to predict. We tend not to do well there and Fulham are usually quite good at home.

    My team:

    Krul
    Simpson – Willo – Colo – Santon
    Raylor – Guthrie – Abeid – Jonas
    Ben Arfa
    Best

    I wouldn’t play Ameobi. He just doesn’t do enough for the team. I would go with a flexible 4-4-1-1.

  2. I just we actually turn up to this game. Last weeks game against QPR was not exactly the most comfortable game we had.

  3. UTD111 says:
    January 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    “Newcastle City Council have voted to write to the media asking that they call St James’ Park erm St James’ Park!!”

    UTD111 Are they going to send the letter to:

    The Media,
    That London,
    Cockneyland?

  4. Can anyone tell me if Cisse will be eligible to play for us in the FA Cup? I can’t see why he wouldn’t be but I am still in some doubt. (I’m also visualizing a Wembley Cup Final which is why this is kind of important to me!)

  5. Thanks UTD111, much as I thought, but I am not familiar with the small print of FA rules so I just wanted to make sure.

  6. is anyone going to the Brighton game? i’m trying to find out about the parking arrangments down there but on there site it says away fans can buy a parking Voucher in advance for the park and ride but doesn’t tell you where to get the vouchers from, and there is nowhere to buy them on the Seagulls website

  7. I’ve been to Craven Cottage once, had a brilliant time, watched Fulham against Preston North End, with the missus( a PNE fan), my mate ( a Man City fan who lived in that London) and me. People were singing “free Deirdre Rachid” – I thought I’d get me one of those on the way out – and Concorde flew over to provide some relief from what was a dull match. I have no more thoughts on tomorrow’s match, could be the rioja I’ve put away. Howay the lads.

  8. Nah mate. Unfortunately I’m working and can’t get anyone to swap with me as I’m on a rather crappy shift. Shame really as it’s a ground I’ve not been to yet.

  9. “Striker Peter Lovenkrands (calf) has returned to training, but central defender Steven Taylor (Achilles) and midfielders Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) and Danny Guthrie (groin) remain on the sick list”

    Has Guthrie done his gilmore again?! Thought he should be fit to start

  10. darlomag says:
    January 21, 2012 at 12:49 am

    “Has Guthrie done his gilmore again?! Thought he should be fit to start”

    That was my fault darlomag, he is fit.

  11. could see this as a boring 0-0 if shola is on cant help but feel with ben arfa playing the scoreline will change as he has the eye for the killer pass or spark to change the game, fulham has been our bogey ground so any points will be good for the cause

  12. UTD @ 14

    ‘…Branson’s money (allegedly) bought Papiss Cisse..’

    The only person who puts his own money into the club apart from paying fans is Ashley.

    Branson wouldn’t have put a penny of his own money into the club. According to Wiki, Virgin Group only contributed £50M out of the £747m it took to buy Northern Rock. The principal owner is an American Wilbur Ross.

    It was typical of Branson to tout himself before the media and employees of Northern Rock as if he is some generous benefactor. Far from it.

  13. Kamar says:
    January 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

    “The only person who puts his own money into the club apart from paying fans is Ashley.”

    Is the money the paying fans have put into the club repayable on demand, or repayable annually like Ashley’s loans Kamar? :-)

  14. Worky,

    There cannot be many, if any, people or institutions that lend money and don’t want any of it or all of it back usually with interest added.

    At least Ashley put his own money in unlike Shepherd who put money from others in and took some of it out for himself, his family and his cronies.

  15. never mind lucky sponsors – obertan needs to stay on the bench, thats where all the luck is coming from!!!

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