It is not too late for Fulham to turn things around and claw its way back into the first half of the standings, but the resurgence has to begin today. Their opponents are also their neighbors in the Premier League tables and fortunately for them not a very good traveling team. Newcastle is also struggling with injuries that should make it easier for the hosts to find their way to the net.
Match: Fulham vs Newcastle
Odds: Bet365 2.00
In seven games played away from home, Newcastle United failed to win a single game and despite the fact that their opponents are equally out of form, will not have an easy mission tonight. Alan Pardew will field a slightly more aggressive starting formation, given the fact that their leading goal scorer Ben Arfa. Their morale has been boosted by the recent home victory against Wigan Athletic and count on Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote to defeat the static Fulham defensive.
The hosts are far from thriving but Martin Jol is ready to put an end to their lengthy winless streak, now that captain Brede Hangeland has returned and will replace Philippe Senderos in the back line. Fulham will also have Sascha Riether and Alex Kacaniklic back from injury, so basically the hosts will have their best team in over a month.
The bookmakers are having a hard mission in correctly pricing the two teams, due to the fact that neither of them is in good shape. Bet365 joins the trend by indicating Fulham as favorites to win all three points and the odds they offer are generously high. Against a team plagued by injuries and winless away from home, the Londoners should break out of the funk and extend their lead ahead of Newcastle.