English Premier League
Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 08:30 PM IST
St. James’ Park
Newcastle United -11/ Fulham FC +333 / Draw +235
Free Premier League Pick Fulham FC vs Newcastle
It’s matchday 18 and The Magpies return to the premier league action at their home St. James’ Park and they put their keen eyes on victory over The Cottagers. After the tough game against Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium, It was Salomon Rondon’s goal, assisted by Javi Manquillo which seprated the visitors from the host and led to 3 points advantage to Rafa’s men in the league table.The Magpies, Standing on the 14 position of the table, looks to advance their position against a side that’s been struggling through the season. Fulham, who still at the noose of relegation but, It isn’t look like it’s a easy going for The Magpies against The Cottagers as it promises to be some tough weeks for The Magpies with the games like Liverpool(A), Watford(A), Manchester United(H), Chelsea(A) ready to ruin their Christmas and New Year celebrations, If they let them slip. They would be looking at those 3 points against Fulham with a sharp sight and would try to give all for it. Despite giving all, It would be uncertain if Fulham would let them have the win or leave them upset at home. It’s a serious doubt who will fill the gap for the left spots as Yedlin, who was suspended against the wolves for shirt pulling challenge and Darlow(elbow) and Shelvey(muscular) are still injured and wont be able to play. Some players from current XI are also doubtful like Lejeune(ligament), Fernandez(calf), Kenedy(hamstring) due of injuries and discomforts. It’s a concern whether Rafa will give some rest time to the doubtful players and give change to Dummet, Perez in his current 3-5-2 line-up as there are much tougher games ahead this week.
The Cottagers will be missing defender Le Marchand and Sessegnon(groin) who felt discomfort during the week before Manchester United game – something that is becoming more regular under Claudio Ranieri as In past both Andre Schurrle and Calcum Chambers have also injured themselves in training, ableit slight injuries, but it seems to be moore of a common theme under the regime of Claudio. It would not be easy for Claudio to choose his line-up. It would be similar to 4-2-3-1 and Ofcourse! Mitrovic leading the line-up. The Serbian is in great form scoring 7 in 17 appearances for the fulham and assisting only 2. Fulham’s Number 9 has scored in 4 of 5 games where The Cottagers were able to avoid the defeat. He won them 7 points and was involved in 56% of the goals this season in Premier League for The Cottagers and that’s highest ratio of all players in the competition
Newcastle have lost their last three matches against the Fulham, with the last two meetings arriving in the 2016-17 Championship Campaign. They’ve not lost four in a row versus The Whites in all competitions since 1982. Where as, Fulham just picked one point as visitor this season but they won their last visit to face Newcastle at St. James’ Park in March 2017, winning 3-1. The Cottagers had netter just two goals in the previous six trips before netting three last time out.
Facing a side who is struggling in the relegation and are yet to keep a clean sheet in any of their 17 league games this season. It would be not so tough job for Rafa to snatch 3 points. All eyes would be on Salomon Rondon who has been involved in 5 of Newcastle’s last 7 Premier League goals.
Fulham are struggling to come out of the relegation zone and there will be hunger in them. Good news for The Cottagers, No other team has lost more home games in top four tier of English League Football this season than Newcastle(7). Mitrovic would be looking to add more goals to his tally of 7.
PICK: Newcastle -111