Fulham vs Newcastle: Can Lilywhites go out in style?

Fulham’s farewell tour is almost over but can they end their Premier League journey on a positive note against Newcastle?

When: Sunday, May 23, 16:00 BST

How to watch: Sky Sports Mix

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Best Bets

Newcastle to win at 49/20 (Unibet)

Newcastle to win and BTTS at 9/2 (bet365)

Joe Willock to score anytime at 5/1 (PaddyPower)

Are Fulham one of the three worst teams in the Premier League? On paper, yes. In terms of actual performances, no.

So what is the problem? Why has Fulham's return to the big time ended in such a whimper? The answer is simple - it's their profound lack of goals.

Fulham have recorded the second highest amount of draws this season with 13 - one less than 16th placed Brighton.

Fulham boss, Scott Parker
Fulham boss, Scott Parker

If just half of those draws could have turned into victories, the Lilywhites would have been making preparations for another season in the Premier League. Recent draws with Man United and Arsenal underline that point.

On their day, Fulham can compete with anybody. Problem is, it's rarely their day.

Newcastle are here to spoil the farewell tour and Steve Bruce's in-form Magpies are more than capable of securing victory.

Last Three Premier League Matches

Newcastle 1-1 Fulham (December 19, 2020)

Two goals, one own goal, one from a penalty, one sending off - viewers were certainly treated to an eventful encounter when these two clubs last met.

Matt Richie's own goal saw Fulham take a one-goal lead in the opening half.

However, a red card for Joachim Andersen and a well converted penalty from Callum Wilson turned proceedings in Newcastle's favour.

In the end, points were shared at St. James' Park.

Fulham 0-4 Newcastle (May 12, 2019)

The story couldn't have been more different when they two clubs met in 2019.

Jonjo Shelvey opened the scoring and Ayoze Perez doubled it as Newcastle build a two-goal cushion inside ten minutes.

Two more goals in the second half - from Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon - earned Newcastle all three points.

Newcastle 0-0 Fulham (December 22, 2018)

There were far fewer talking points when they two sides clashed in 2018.

Over 51,000 fans left St. James' Park in a disappointed mood after the Magpies failed to land a single shot on target.

That shouldn't come as a surprise considering the home side lined-up with five men at the back.

Last ten head-to-heads

Fulham wins: 5

Draws: 2

Newcastle wins: 3

Fulham goals: 13

Newcastle goals: 11

Newcastle on the up

Believe it or not, but Newcastle United could end the season in 13th place should they beat Fulham and hope that other results go their way.

That would be a significant achievement for Steve Bruce and his side - considering the amount of criticism they have faced throughout this campaign.

Steve Bruce keen to remain as Newcastle manager next season
Steve Bruce keen to remain as Newcastle manager next season

The Magpies are ending this season on a high and they're coming into this game having won four of their last seven Premier League games.

Newcastle have only managed one clean sheet in ten games so don't expect to see a clean sheet. However, Bruce's men have improved in-front of goal and they are expected to continue their scoring run.

Goalscorer bets

You want to talk about one of the signings of the season? Then you better mention Newcastle's loan deal for Joe Willock.

Newcastle's Joe Willock
Newcastle's Joe Willock

The youngster has bagged seven goals in the Premier League this season and recently became the youngest player in the competition to score in six consecutive games.

He will certainly look to end his campaign on a high. At 5/1 he's well priced to score anytime.