Fulham v Newcastle United – Match Preview
Monday 10 December 2012 8pm Live On SKY
Maybe we’ve found our luck time slot, instead of ‘Super Sunday’ maybe it is…’Magic Monday’?
Last Monday’s three points against Wigan was won with some decent football in the first twenty minutes then at times it was still a grind despite playing against ten men for most of the ninety minutes, that’s what a lack of confidence does for you.
Speaking of which, we face a team tonight who haven’t won in seven league matches and haven’r scored a goal in over three games, with the confidence of that win to nil the NUFC Clean Sheet at 4/1 looks a very decent bet, as Newcastle look to get a run going.
When I’m daydreaming I think; if we can get our first away win of the season tonight, follow it up with a battling point against Manchester City, then beat QPR at home, first things first though…
A win would see Newcastle overtake only Fulham but it would put them on the coat tails of a pack of nine teams headed by Everton who would be six points clear of us. The price we’ve paid for that run of four defeats in ‘winnable matches.
A defeat could mean current third bottom mackems moving only a point behind us if they win their outstanding match with Reading tomorrow night.
Or put it another way; distant hopes of climbing and targeting sixth or else we’ll be top of the relegation pack looking over our shoulder.
Fulham did bring in the likes of Berabatov in the summer and he has given them five goals, on the other hand though they lost arguably their two best players in Dembele and Dempsey to Spurs.
Going on head to heads would just depress you as five defeats in the last six visits doesn’t make good reading, though last season United should have been out of sight at half time but a wasteful Bets and Shola passed up decent chances and the team imploded in the second half.
Alan Pardew has sounded positive on the injury situation in recent days and hopefully he isn’t just spinning a line; supposedly our top scorer only came off as a precaution last Monday and if he starts then our top scorer must be great value at 7/1 Ba to score first goal, while the more adventurous could see even more value in a scorecast of Ba to score in a 1-0 win at 75/1.
If as expected we have the likes of Ba, Santon, Tiote and Ben Arfa all available then Newcastle can take the game to Fulham.
The performances against Stoke and Wigan saw a marked shift in pressing the opposition rather than sitting back and it could and should have given us six points, if it hadn’t been for those late gifts at the Britannia.
The home side are out of form and will be nervous in front of their own fans, it could well be down to whether Newcastle are up to the job – two weeks ago I would have been dubious but if United go out on the front foot I can see an NUFC win at 3/1 well worth backing.
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