Fulham welcome Newcastle United to Craven Cottage this weekend, where they will look to continue their dream of an FA Cup victory. However, when the two clubs met earlier this season, the Magpies picked up a convincing 3-0 win.
The Cottagers have been quietly impressive this season, with Marco Silva creating a solid system that rarely makes them an easy side to face. Fulham are currently 11th in the Premier League after 21 matches, with six of their seven wins coming at home. Furthermore, they are relatively decent in attack, as they score 1.33 goals per game, but they concede 1.71, which highlights that they’re vulnerable at times in defence.
Last weekend, they suffered a 1-0 away defeat to Chelsea, with a Cole Palmer penalty separating the two sides. They did test the hosts with 14 attempts, but they also faced 17 themselves. Last time out in the FA Cup, Fulham picked up a 1-0 home win over Rotherham, but despite dominating throughout, they were unable to extend their lead.
Eddie Howe’s side have struggled massively in recent weeks, with their injury-hit squad getting even thinner as each match day goes on. The Magpies have lost five of their last six matches, including all four Premier League games. This has seen Newcastle drop to tenth in the table. Their biggest strength is their attack, as they’ve netted 41 goals, but they are slightly more vulnerable defensively than last campaign, as they’ve conceded 32 already.
Newcastle’s most recent win was the 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Sunderland in the last round of the FA Cup. Alexander Isak was the star of the show, netting a second-half brace for his side. The Swede was also on the scoresheet in the Magpies 3-2 defeat to Man City, where they let a two-goal lead slip.
Newcastle’s recent form and horrific away record of one win in ten means that Fulham will fancy their chances this weekend.
That said, with Newcastle out of the Champions League and the Premier League title out of sight, they will focus their efforts on winning the FA Cup.
The final prediction is Fulham 1-1 Newcastle.