Dimitar Berbatov will need to help Fulham snap its scoring drought. Image courtesy of skysports.com
There are plenty of reasons to be found why both Fulham and Newcastle won’t win this clash on Tuesday morning.
The Londoners haven’t won in their past seven EPL starts, and in that time they’ve collected just four points out of a possible 21. For a team which had no problems scoring at the start of the season, the Cottagers have now gone almost 300 minutes without finding the back of the net. Fulham also has a suspect defence, with just four teams conceding more than their 26 goals this campaign.
In saying that, Newcastle has lost five of the past six times they’ve visited Craven Cottage, and in January they suffered a 5-2 hiding at the hands of Fulham. Alan Pardew’s team is yet to win on the road this season, and prior to the Geordies’ victory over lowly Wigan last week, they were on a four-game losing streak.
The Magpies will hoping Demba Ba is cleared to play after suffering hamstring tightness towards the end of the 3-0 win against Wigan. He’s scored 10 of their 17 goals so far this season. Depending on how well the medical staff perform, Pardew could also Hatem Ben Arfa for his first match in three weeks, although there is some doubt over Cheick Tiote (hamstring) and Davide Santon (groin). Fulham welcomes back captain Brede Hangeland from suspension, while creative midfielder Alex Kacanikilic returns from a hamstring injury.
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