Full coverage of Premier League clash December 19, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Newcastle and Fulham face off on Saturday evening in a big clash at the bottom of the table.
Newcastle, who are 14th in the top-flight, were well beaten by Leeds in midweek and need to bounce back.
Fulham, meanwhile, drew with Brighton last time out and remain in real threat of relegation.
talkSPORT’s GameDay special will end on Tyneside this weekend.
Newcastle v Fulham: How to listen
This match will get under way at 8pm on Saturday, December 19.
Full coverage from St James’ Park will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 7pm.
Faye Carruthers will be your host before commentary from Mark Wilson and John Hartson.
To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.
Here are the other ways to listen…
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Newcastle v Fulham: Team news
Newcastle will once again be missing several players amid fears two are suffering from long-term Covid-19.
Isaac Hayden and Federico Fernandez both played at Leeds in midweek after recovering from the virus, but more unnamed members of the squad are still unavailable – with two in particular unwell.
Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Allan Saint-Maximin have been missing in recent weeks, but Andy Carroll is approaching full fitness after a calf problem.
Martin Dubravka is closing in on his return from a long-term ankle injury.
For Fulham, Bobby Decordova-Reid faces a late fitness check ahead of the trip to St James’ Park.
The 27-year-old forward has picked up a quad concern, and will be checked at the last minute ahead of the St James’ Park encounter.
Former Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will come into contention to start against his old club, as he continues to shake off recent injury issues.
Newcastle v Fulham: Match stats and facts
- Newcastle are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games against Fulham (W3 D2), with the last such fixture ending 0-0 in December 2018.
- Fulham have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League meetings with Newcastle, as many as they had in their first 21 games against them in the competition.
- Newcastle United have won their final league match before Christmas in 10 of their last 15 seasons (D3 L2) and are unbeaten in their last five (W3 D2) since a 0-1 defeat to Sunderland in December 2014.
- Newcastle are without a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League home games, since beating Sheffield United 3-0 back in June. However, the Magpies have won three of their last five at St James’ Park (L2).
- Newcastle are the first team to play all three promoted sides in three consecutive Premier League games since Manchester United in September 2014, who drew 0-0 with Burnley, beat QPR 4-0 and lost 3-5 against Leicester City under Louis van Gaal.
- Fulham are looking to keep back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time since April 2019 (three in a row); the Cottagers have only two clean sheets in their last 43 away matches in the top-flight, though one of those was at Newcastle in December 2018.
- In their last match against Leeds, Newcastle conceded five goals in a top-flight league match against a newly promoted side for the first time since August 1958 against Blackburn. The Magpies have shipped 21 goals in their opening 12 league games, their most since conceding 22 in 2015/16, when they went on to be relegated.
- Fulham are the only side yet to concede from outside the box in the Premier League this season. In their last campaign in the competition, the Cottagers were one of five sides to concede at least 10 goals from distance.
- This is Newcastle boss Steve Bruce’s first match against Fulham since losing 0-1 in the 2018 Championship play-off final with Aston Villa – he has, however, won his last four home league matches against the Cottagers.
- Newcastle’s Callum Wilson registered his 10th goal involvement – an assist for Jeff Hendrick – in his 11th Premier League appearance for the club against Leeds (7 goals, 3 assists), the quickest English player to reach double figures for goals/assists in the Premier League for the Magpies since Alan Shearer in October 1996 (10th match).