Newcastle United v Fulham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 18, 2018
St James’ Park - Premier League
It wasn’t too long ago when Newcastle were rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, but now that unwelcome honour belongs to Fulham. The Cottagers have only won twice so far this season, and things are starting to get a bit desperate.
Fulham beat Newcastle 3-1 at St James’ Park in the Championship the season before last. Before that, this fixture saw eight home wins in a row, with the four most recent of those all ending 1-0.
Rafa Benitez looks set to be without Jonjo Shelvey once again, while Florian Lejeune is also injured. Federico Fernandez is a further doubt for the home team, along with Kenedy. DeAndre Yedlin will return to the starting XI though after his suspension.
Ryan Sessegnon, who scored twice against Newcastle the last time the teams met, is a doubt with the groin strain that kept him out at the weekend. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa can return from a ban, although Kevin McDonald could miss out with a hamstring strain.
Newcastle United v Fulham Preview and Predictions
This is a big game in the lower reaches of the Premier League table, as Newcastle can put serious distance between themselves and one of their relegation rivals. Lose, and Fulham will find themselves 10 points behind the Magpies, who can’t rise any higher than 14th with a win.
After going three without a victory following three wins in a row, Newcastle ground out a 1-0 triumph at Huddersfield on Saturday. Benitez’s side were always going to pick up points against teams lower in the table, after facing a raft of big sides in the opening weeks of the season.
With a return to Anfield next up for Benitez, a win here would be huge for his team, and it’s priced at 21/20. Fulham are available at 3/1, as they look for only their second win under Claudio Ranieri. The Italian saw his side take all three points in his first game at the helm, but the Cottagers have only take one more from their four fixtures since.
Given the circumstances, the away team would probably be quite content with a draw here. If the Whites can shore up their leaky defence - which has conceded 42 goals in 17 games - they’ll have a better chance of getting a point, with the draw at 67/25.
Newcastle to win and over 2.5 goals at 11/5
Fulham’s sieve-like defence means most teams in the league will fancy their chances of getting at least a couple of goals. The Cottagers still carry a decent goal threat themselves though.
Salomon Rondon to score first at 19/4
The Venezuelan has come into form over the last few weeks, netting four goals in his last six appearances. He’s the favourite to kick off the scoring on Saturday afternoon.