Premier League: Newcastle United v Fulham

It’s hard to tell which Newcastle side will turn up when kick-off arrives, with the Geordies having won three and lost three of their last six league games in contrasting performances.

Morale-boosting wins over Everton, Crystal Palace and West Brom have been paired with damaging defeats against Southampton and Chelsea, while they were soundly beaten 5-2 by Leeds United in midweek.

Meanwhile, Fulham have shown improvement in their last four games, taking five points as Scott Parker’s squad shows signs of gelling ahead of a tight relegation battle.

Once upon a time, Parker plied his trade as a player at Newcastle and will be making his first visit to St James’ Park as a boss, and will have former Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to try and grind out a result with. Mitrovic has lost his place in the Fulham team in recent weeks though, with Ivan Cavaleiro leading the line instead.

Newcastle’s current crop of strikers have been led by the impressive Callum Wilson this season. The former Bournemouth man already has seven goals to his name this year, one more than Newcastle’s top scorer from last season managed.

That player was Jonjo Shelvey, who may return to the starting lineup after being an unused substitute in the defeat to Leeds on Wednesday.

Shelvey’s influence will be important if Newcastle are to keep the ball more than they have been recently. The Geordies have the lowest average possession of any Premier League team, and have never had more than 48% of the ball in any league game so far this season.

As far as team news goes, Steve Bruce’s defensive ranks are still recovering from the worst of their recent COVID outbreaks. Newcastle only had one fit centre-back against West Brom, but welcomed back Federico Fernandez against Leeds. Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Javi Manquillo all missed the loss and are likely to continue their spell on the sidelines when Fulham visit.

Martin Dubravka was scheduled to be back from an ankle injury recently but hasn’t been part of a squad yet, so Karl Darlow will continue in goal, while Paul Dummett is another one missing for a longer period. Allan Saint-Maximin has missed three games with a calf injury but could make the squad.

Fulham have a smaller injury quota to deal with, with only Terence Kongolo definitely out. Bobby Reid came off during the draw with Brighton with a knock and will be assessed, while Kenny Tete is also a doubt as he continues to build match fitness after injury.

A win for Newcastle would put more daylight between themselves and the bottom five, and could move them to the brink of the top ten if other results favour them, while Fulham will be hoping to go above Brighton before they play on Sunday.

Newcastle United take on Fulham at St James’ Park on Saturday, 19th of December. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League: Fulham vs Everton

Scott Parker’s side face Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool after the Toffees visit the capital, so taking points against Carlo Ancelotti’s side would be hugely welcomed.

The Cottagers have had a long time to reflect on missed chances against West Ham last time out, with Ademola Lookman’s injury-time penalty shambles hard to shake from memory as they slipped to a narrow defeat.

There was more penalty woe in the international break for them as well, as Aleksandar Mitrovic fluffed a decisive penalty for Serbia in their shootout defeat to Scotland, which sent the Tartan Army to the European Championships.

It’ll be interesting to see who takes the spot kick if they get one against Everton.

Fulham could be boosted by the return of Mario Lemina to the squad, after the midfielder missed the defeat to West Ham through injury, but Parker says a late decision will be made on him after he returned negative COVID tests and trained all this week.

Full-back Kenny Tete has missed the last five games since joining from Lyon, and is still doubtful as a calf injury continues to trouble him.

Terence Kongolo has yet to make a second debut for Fulham since signing from Huddersfield and this game is another that will come too soon as he recovers from a foot injury, while Aboubakar Kamara serves the final game of a three match suspension.

Everton are set to welcome back some key names as they look to stop a run of two straight defeats. Richarlison returns from suspension and will start after scoring for Brazil in the international break, while fellow Brazilian Allan is also available after a muscular problem.

Fabian Delph is also fit for selection after a knock, but Seamus Coleman’s hamstring injury rules him out. Ben Godfrey or Mason Holgate could deputise for the Irishman, with Yerry Mina available to cover at centre back if needed.

Ancelotti also provided an update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s injury, confirming the midfielder is in the final phase of his recovery from a serious Achilles injury, but not available to play against Fulham.

James Rodriguez is though, after a disastrous international break with Colombia, which included 3-0 and 6-1 defeats to Uruguay and Ecuador, and resulted in him releasing a statement denying Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez and Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma were involved in a dressing room fight.

A win for Everton could take them back into the top four, while Fulham are hoping to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three, with the winless trio of West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United all struggling to pick up points.

Fulham take on Everton on Sunday, November 22nd, kick-off is at 12pm.

West Ham secure late 1-0 Premier League win over Fulham

David Moyes’ side bossed the match against the Cottagers, but they were forced to wait until the 91st minute for Tomas Soucek to finally break through

West Ham were on the front foot early on in this one as Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola produced a two brilliant stops from Arthur Masuaku and Jarrod Bowen.

With Fulham clinging on in the opening stages they had the woodwork to thank on 10 minutes as Sebastien Haller’s header beat Areola but thumped back off the bar.

After withstanding that early wave of pressure, Fulham did grow into the game before the break as Aleksandr Mitrovic headed wide.

But it was to be the hosts that retook control after the break as Areola launched an early contender for save of the season.

Aaron Creswell’s drive free kick flew over the wall but the Frenchman produced an outrageous stop to tip into onto the bar.

Scott Parker’s side once again began to tiptoe into the game in the final 20 as Ademola Lookman and Bobby Reid tested Lukasz Fabianksi.

However, just as the game looked to be creeping towards a disappointing goalless draw, Soucek popped up in the right place at the right time in the Fulham box.

Haller’s cross was only half cleared by Fulham and Said Benrahma poked a pass into the Czech international and he confidently stroked home into the bottom corner.

But continuing the theme of last gasp drama, Fulham were handed a 95th minute penalty.

Mitrovic stepped aside to let Lookman take responsibility from the spot, but his limp Panenka was casually saved by Fabianksi, with Parker left fuming on the touchline.

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Sheffield United and Fulham share the spoils in 1-1 Bramall Lane draw

Both sides have struggled in the opening weeks of the campaign, but a point apiece at full time was a fair enough result in West Yorkshire.

The Blades had the better chances in frantic opening 45 minutes with John Lundstrum and Enda Stevens both testing Alphonse Areola from distance.

But it was Scottish international Oli McBurnie that missed their best early chance as Areola reacted brilliantly to bat away his header.

That slice of luck allowed Fulham to gain the ascendency after the break and the Cottagers were gifted a perfect chance to edge in front on the hour.

Jack Robinson was penalised for handball inside the box but the normally reliable Aleksandar Mitrovic fired his spot kick off the bar.

But despite their rock bottom confidence, Fulham were not to be denied an opener, as Ademola Lookman smashed home with 12 minutes left.

The visitors looked to batten down the hatches in the final minutes but United found themselves a late equaliser as veteran Billy Sharp tucked home from the spot.

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Leeds edge out Fulham in a 4-3 Premier League thriller at Elland Road

The Whites picked up where they left off at Liverpool last weekend, as goals from Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford sealed the three points, despite a late fight back from Scott Parker’s team.

Despite having no fans to roar them on a historic day in West Yorkshire, the home side flew out of the blocks, and Costa fired them in front on five minutes.

Kalvin Phillips’ corner was helped on at the front post, and with Fulham unable to clear their lines, Costa bulleted home the loose ball.

Leeds dominated the rest of the first half but were pegged back against the run of play on 34 minutes, as Aleksandar Mitrovic slotted home from the penalty spot.

However, that reprieve didn’t last long for the visitors as Klich confidently tucked home his own spot kick just before the break.

Bielsa side motored on after the restart, as Bamford put them into a quick fire 3-1 lead.

Klich’s through ball split the Fulham defence, and the former Chelsea man strode on and fired netted past Alphonse Areola.

And with Leeds’ confidence flowing all over the pitch, Costa added a brilliant fourth a few minutes later.

Bamford’s hard work hustled Kenny Tete off the ball put wide, and his neat ball found the onrushing Costa to crash home his second of game.

But despite being three goals behind, Fulham refused to lie down and Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s strike hauled them back into it.

Mitrovic then began to cause more and more problems for Leeds, and the Serbian got away from Liam Cooper to power home Tete’s cross.

With the balance of the game now completely swung in their favour, Fulham pushed and pushed for an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.

Neeskens Kebano hit a post as the Cottagers pressed, and Mitrovic forced a fine stop from Illan Meslier, but in the end, Leeds had enough to clinch a first Premier League win more than a decade.

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Arsenal cruise to 3-0 win at Premier League new boys Fulham

The hosts showed flashes of promise, but goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured all three points for the Gunners.

Both sides had their fans wincing in the opening stages with dodgy defending, but it was Arsenal that broke the deadlock on eight minutes.

Pinball inside the Fulham box caused panic for the home side, but Lacazette kept his cool to scramble home the scruffiest of opening goals.

That defensive horror show looked to rattle Fulham, and they were fortunate not to be two goals behind at the break, as Brazilian international Willian rattled the post from a free kick.

And with the shell shocked hosts unable to react, Gabriel helped himself to a debut goal just after the restart.

That ended any slim chance of a possible Fulham fight back, but their top-flight return would not be complete without an goal from Aubameyang.

Willian found himself in space on the hour mark, his through ball left the Fulham defence standing and Aubameyang raced on and on to fire past Marek Rodak.

Parker threw on Aleksandar Mitrovic in the closing stages, and despite the Serbian testing Bernd Leno late on, Parker knows his side will need to improve dramatically for the long road ahead.

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Arsenal cruise to 3-0 win at Premier League new boys Fulham

The hosts showed flashes of promise, but goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured all three points for the Gunners.

Both sides had their fans wincing in the opening stages with dodgy defending, but it was Arsenal that broke the deadlock on eight minutes.

Pinball inside the Fulham box caused panic for the home side, but Lacazette kept his cool to scramble home the scruffiest of opening goals.

That defensive horror show looked to rattle Fulham, and they were fortunate not to be two goals behind at the break, as Brazilian international Willian rattled the post from a free kick.

And with the shell shocked hosts unable to react, Gabriel helped himself to a debut goal just after the restart.

That ended any slim chance of a possible Fulham fight back, but their top-flight return would not be complete without an goal from Aubameyang.

Willian found himself in space on the hour mark, his through ball left the Fulham defence standing and Aubameyang raced on and on to fire past Marek Rodak.

Parker threw on Aleksandar Mitrovic in the closing stages, and despite the Serbian testing Bernd Leno late on, Parker knows his side will need to improve dramatically for the long road ahead.

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