Newcastle United could have a challenging match on their hands if Fulham fans are to be believed.
Five points off the play-off positions but with a game in hand, the West London club really need three points at St James Park.
Despite having 73% possession and 23 shots against Leeds on Tuesday, and being the Championship’s third top scorers, Fulham needed a 95th minute goal to rescue a point.
Newcastle on the other hand have just picked up four very good away points despite having only 30% of possession at Reading and 24% at Huddersfield.
At home, Newcastle tend to dominate the ball but that could be a different story against this Fulham team where all the stats show them as a team who keeps the ball for long periods.
Rafa Benitez says he was quite happy to let Reading and Huddersfield have more of the possession as he believed it wouldn’t prevent his players getting a decent number of chances.
Reading only managed one shot on target to Newcastle’s five, whilst Huddersfield had six to Newcastle’s five – though apart from their penalty, the Terriers were restricted to long-range efforts.
An interesting contest ahead…
‘1350 tickets sold. More than Bristol or Cardiff. I shall be amongst them even though it means a 4.00 am start!’
‘That’s a brilliant effort by all. Wish I could make it.’
‘Great effort and think we will get at least 1 point v the geordies.’
‘I am very optimistic about this one after last night (1-1 draw with Leeds). This team has FIGHT.’
‘Benitez rested players last night against Reading, he must rate us very highly.’
‘I think we’ll dominate the midfield (3 vs 2) and we have the pace and quality out wide to hurt their full backs. Too much to hope for at least a draw?’
‘Fantastic City for an away day, second to none, but the view from the away seats is appalling, so bad in fact that I would rather go to QPR away than go there and we all know what a dump Loftus Road is.’
‘I have a feeling that Newcastle will try and stifle our play, even though they are at home, and I have the fear that they will play over the top to run onto which we don’t seem to be able to deal with.
I think if we can deal with that and score first, that we can do this one 1-3.’
‘Anyone have an idea which pub our supporters might be in before the match. Headed to Newcastle tonight from the states, been looking forward to this trip for months!’
‘Regarding Drinking establishments there is a couple of wetherspoons near the station. 40 of us on the 8 o’clock out of Kings cross will start off in there.’
‘Interesting to see the Toon have lost 4 at home which is the same amount as us. But, with 11 wins & 2 draws compared to our 8 & 6. Fancy a 2-3 victory for the Cottagers.’
‘We should be able to score at least one or two, so IMO will depend how well our defence plays. Have been a bit leaky on occasion.’
‘Always like St James Park, and the social side of before and after, but have only been once as a Fulham supporter, and that was way back when, in a 4-1 win (16 Oct 1982).
This was before the ground had been redeveloped, and the away end at Newcastle had a large “Cockneys Will Die” daubed on the wall near the turnstiles.
I also recollect that the only thing that probably saved us from getting beaten up by the locals was that Supermac was our manager, and the coppers in the ground were mackems!’
‘I like Newcastle but I hope they lose on Saturday!’
‘I think they have some very good players that could cause us problems, Shelvey is the best player in the league imo. I would go with Malone over Sessegnon even though I think Sessegnon is the better player (Think our LB will be challenged more than a usual game).’
‘Away from home, we’re possession kings but do little with it. Probably a 1-1 draw.’
‘Really cannot seeing us winning this one. I will take a 2-2 draw, but we really need to win it.’
‘If only football games were decided by how long you can retain possession for.’
‘Newcastle have conceded the least amount of goals in the league, they also have the most wins, and we have issues scoring. If we do win it’ll be momentous!!’
‘We do not have issues scoring we have scored 60 goals. Newcastle play a much more expansive game than Leeds so we will have a lot of chances.’