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Fulham vs Newcastle tips and predictions: Europe-chasing Magpies looking to punish leaky Cottagers

Newcastle will be looking to boost their European ambitions when they travel to Craven Cottage this Saturday afternoon for a clash with Fulham (1500 BST).

With eight matches to go, there is still enough time for Newcastle to sneak into a European place and bag continental football for the second consecutive season.

Considering the turbulent campaign that the Magpies have endured, even a Europa Conference League spot would be a huge bonus for Eddie Howe and his men.

Getting a win over Fulham would certainly put Newcastle on the right path, though getting that victory is far easier said than done.

Firstly, Howe’s men have been woefully inconsistent and have only picked up back-to-back Premier League wins on two occasions this season.

Secondly, the Magpies have lost three of their last four away matches across all competitions.

Thirdly, Fulham are actually quite good at home, winning nine of 15 matches at Craven Cottage this season.

Reading all this information, you may think that backing Newcastle would be rather foolish. But that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Unlike the Cottagers, Howe’s men still have something to play for and having that bit of extra motivation is surely important.

What’s more, Fulham have shipped six goals across their last two matches and look fragile at the back. So much so that Marco Silva was forced to make two changes after 33 minutes of the match with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Newcastle to win the match by a single goal margin is the way to go. Both teams to score is another top proposition considering this has landed in three of Fulham’s last four matches.

 

Team news

Fulham enter this fixture with a fully fit squad.

Newcastle, on the other hand, will be without Sven Botman, Joelinton, Jamaal Lascelles, Lewis Miley, Nick Pope, Callum Wilson and the suspended Sandro Tonali.

Miguel Almiron, Valentino Livramento, Matt Targett and Kieran Trippier are also doubts.

 

Key stats

- Fulham have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Newcastle

- Newcastle have lost nine of 14 Premier League away games this season

- Fulham have won nine of 15 Premier League home games this season

- Newcastle have won their last four Premier League games against Fulham

 

Suggested bets

Newcastle to win by a single goal margin
Both teams to score
Newcastle to score first

 

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