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Ciaran’s Christmas cock-knockers vs Rafa, are you watching, the mighty Mitrovic?

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Mitrovic is going to go one of two ways in this one.

 

He's going to try too hard, get aggravated and do something stupid or...

 

He's going to work his bollocks off and be at his absolute best.

 

If the former happens we'll win 3-0 because their defence is shit and ours is solid, if the latter we'll win 3-0 because their defence is shit and Mitrovic isn't that good.

 

Reckon the most likely is that the lack of defensive work that lead to Rafa selling him will mean the likes of Schar or Ki will have tons of time on the ball without being pressed and they'll be quite able to dictate how the game flows.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Howmanheyman said:

Has it been your birthday, Haydnator? :dunno:

 

 

 

Well it was mine on the 13th.  Un-noticed as usual.:mellow:

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1-2 Fulham to shows signs of improvement under Ranieri. Our toothless attack to be our down fall again.

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Same result as last week, please. 

 

                             Dubravka

 

Manquillo                 Schar                      Clark

 

                            

                Diame    Lascelles     Ki

 

  Ritchie          Perez    Rondon       Kenedy

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Mitrovic to spend the first half struggling against two centre-halves who are good in the air and a busy Diame before getting whipped off at half time like he did against Man United. If we can't knock a couple past these, even with Ranieri, you'd assume, drilling them better, we want relegated with them.

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Fulham at home is generally a nightmare fixture for us through the years. The fact we've lost so many home games already means at the very least we shouldn't be complacent. I'd snap your hands off for a 1-0 win atm.

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From Rafa's presser today

 

Clark, Shelvey & Darlow are out 

Fernandez is back

No news on transfers

No news on takeover

Ki's away after the Fulham game

Edited by trooper

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13 minutes ago, wykikitoon said:

What actually is wrong with Shelvey?

 

Thigh injury, supposedly back for the Watford game.

 

Preview

 

With four wins from their last seven (W4, D1, L2), the home side are four points clear of the relegation zone ahead of kick-off. However, it should still be noted that Newcastle’s desire to avoid defeat has mostly backfired this season, with their Premier League (PL) home record reading: W2, D0 L7.

Additionally, they’ve conceded two goals or more in six of their nine home matches so far. Curiously, a 2-1 scoreline (to either side) has been the result in over half of the matches here this season (56%).

Newcastle have found the net in six of their last seven outings, which is bad news for a Fulham side that has taken a sole win from their last ten matches (W1, D1, late). Their current average of 2.47 conceded goals per match is comfortably the worst in the league, and would ensure certain relegation if maintained until the end.

Away from home, Fulham have taken just a single point all season, as part of what is currently a seven-game losing streak on the road. Five of those defeats have been to nil, and of their eight total away defeats, seven have come by a margin of 2+ goals.

 

Players to watch: José Salomón Rondón (NEW) has two goals in his last three PL matches. For Aleksandar Mitrović (FUL), this will be an emotional return to his old club, having netted seven PL goals this season.

Stat attack: Newcastle remain the joint second lowest scoring team in the league (0.82 goals per match on average).

 

Four of the last five league H2H matches have ended with a 1-0 result.

The four most recent PL matches at St. James Park have seen an average of 5.5 total yellow cards per match.

Fulham have been losing at HT/FT nine times this season - more than any other side.

 

 

Will not play

 

Lejeune F.

(Lacking Match Fitness)  

 

Zambo Andre-Frank

(Injury)

 

Shelvey J.

(Thigh Injury)

 

 

Questionable

 

 

Darlow K.

(Elbow Injury)  

 

Le Marchand M.

(Injury)

 

 

Fernandez F.

(Calf Injury)  

 

McDonald K.

(Muscle Injury)

 

 

Kenedy R.

(Toe Injury)  

 

Sessegnon R.

(Groin Injury)

 

Match Information

Referee: Atkinson M. (Eng), 

Venue: St. James Park (Newcastle)

 

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8 hours ago, Howmanheyman said:

Fulham at home is generally a nightmare fixture for us through the years. The fact we've lost so many home games already means at the very least we shouldn't be complacent. I'd snap your hands off for a 1-0 win atm.

 

Rather lose 4-3 myself

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