Newcastle vs Fulham
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: St. James’ Park (Newcastle upon Tyne).
The managerial change did not shift Fulham’s fortunes around as the Cottagers continued to struggle under Claudio Ranieri just as much as they did with Slavisa Jokanovic. The Italian manager did cause a positive shock when he guided the team to a 3-2 win over Southampton on his debut on the bench at Craven Cottage. However, Fulham went on to claim just one point from four following ties. They will head into Saturday’s clash with Newcastle United off the back of two straight losses which saw them concede six goals in total against the likes of Manchester United and West Ham.
Fulham’s horrendous form sees them hold the very foot of the league ladder with just 10 points from 17 games so far. They boast league’s by far weakest defensive record with as many as 42 goals conceded in 16 affairs. The Cottagers are particularly struggling on travels where they took only one point in nine games allowing 24 goals along the way.
Newcastle vs Fulham: Head-to-head
Fulham will rely on the positive head to head trend they have in recent outings against the Magpies.
The Cottagers won three on the spin against Newcastle, including a double victory in the 2016/17 Championship campaign.
However, Newcastle have a positive record in H2H games at St. James’ Park where they won 10, drew 5 and lost 6 of 21 against Fulham.
Newcastle vs Fulham: Prediction
The hosts took advantage of the easier fixture in the previous round to see off Huddersfield Town 0’-1 at The John Smith’s Stadium. Their top scorer Salomon Rondon took his league tally to four by bagging the only goal of the game ten minutes after the interval.
The team led by Rafael Benitez thus moved up to 14th place after ending a three-game winless streak. They have a great opportunity to make it back-to-back victories against the rock-bottomed opposition on Saturday.
Rondon is well worth backing to score anytime past league’s worst defensive line, while you’ll hardly make a mistake backing the home win at the 1.95 odds either.
Newcastle vs Fulham: Bet Tips
Newcastle to win @ 1.95 (19/20)
Salomon Rondon to score anytime @ 2.60 (8/5).