MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Fulham, 31/Aug/13, KO: 3pm, St. James’ Park, Premier League.

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So we’re through to the next round of the League Cup after a win against Morecambe. ItParkerFulham was an unconvincing performance again, but it looks like, no matter who’s in the team, that breathtaking, fluid, counter attacking football of the latter end of the 11/12 season is gone forever, and basically, unless Hatem Ben Arfa can conjure up moments of brilliance, then we’re going to be watching some extremely dull Newcastle United performances until something dramatic changes.

It should never have taken Ben Arfa to come on just to beat Morecambe, we should be able to beat them easily, without our goal keeper having to fly all over his goal, like Superman, to keep us at 0-0 against a 4th division side, but, that’s where we are at the moment and being thankful for small mercies, we didn’t get shown up and now face the prospect of a feisty 3rd round tie against Leeds United.

There’s still no movement on the transfers, but the good news is that Wiki-Joe has found time to move house this week. So that’s a holiday and a house move now squeezed in to the transfer window, during his 2 months in the post of Director of Football. Wicked.

So, Fulham at home on Saturday. We could probably do without the drama of last season’s fixture against this lot, my nerves in particular would rather we don’t have to wait until stoppage time for a winner.

The Cottagers (Guffaw) have been busy in the transfer market this summer, so far bringing in Dutch goal keeper Stekelenberg from Roma for £5m, Scott Parker from Spurs for £2 million, Darren Bent and Adel Taraabt on loan from Aston Villa and QPR and Derek Boateng from Dnipro, whilst Mark Schwartzer left for Chelsea.

After an opening day success (0-1) on Wearside, Fulham were beaten 3-1 at home by Arsenal. They were taken to extra time and penalties at Burton Albion on Tuesday evening in the League Cup.

Darren Bent is off and running already on the goals trail. Stekelenberg and Richardson are injury doubts.

Team News

It seems Cabaye has been told to get his boots on for this weekend. Personally, I’d select players who want to play before players who don’t, every time and it’s a bit harsh on Anita if he makes way. However, once the game starts and if Cabaye is in the team, then I’d hope our fans didn’t give the lad stick, that’s not going to help anybody and you never know, a bit of an SJP love in, might tug on the heart strings a bit. Elsewhere, most senior players should be fresh, although I have no idea what got into Yanga-Mbiwa on Wednesday but I hope we don’t see it ever again. There’s still no Tiote. Pardew has also indicated that Remy may be on the bench.

Injured

Jonas Gutierrez – Hip –  no return date

Cheick Tiote – Groin – next month

Massadio Haidara – knee – no return date

Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year

Mike Williamson – knock – Should return for Aston Villa

Suspended

Steven Taylor 1 more game

Possible Team (4-2-3-1)

1.Krul: 2. Debuchy, 5. Yanga-Mbiwa, 6. Coloccini, 3. Santon: 4. Anita, 8. Cabaye: 7. Ben Arfa. 10. Sissoko 11. Marveaux:, 9. Cisse

Subs

Elliot, Dummett, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Remy, Gosling, Gouffran

Referee: Chris Foy

History vs Fulham

Fulham’s stint in the lower leagues meant there was a huge gap in competitive fixtures beyween the 2 clubs but it’s been a bit of a mixed bag of results against the West Londoners.

1983/84 Won 3-1 as goals from Keegan, Mills and Blakelaw’s finest, Kenny Wharton saw United continue a cracking start to the season.

2001/02 A 1-1 draw Kieran Dyer’s goal cancelled out by ex Mag, Luis Saha. The atmosphere was pretty awful this day.

2002/03 A 2-0 win thanks to Nobby Solano and Craig Bellamy with Fulham reduced to 10 men

2003/04 Won 3-1. A breathtaking Laurent Robert goal at the Gallowgate End

2004/05 Humped 1-4. Souness ers – best blanked from memory

2005/06 1-1 draw Owen’s debut, our first goal of the season and e red card for Scott Parker

2006/07 Lost 2-1. Parker’s header before disaster struck!

2007/08 Won 2-0. Comfortable win under Keegan. Viduka nd Owen with the goals

2008/09 Lost 1-0. Bassong sent off, Viduka’s header disallowed! Kamara with their winner.

2010/11 0-0 ZZZZzzzzz

2011/12 2-1 win with Leon Best getting both

2012/13 1-0 Cisse’s dramatic winner and bedlam ensuing

Fulham Fanzines

There’s Only One F In Fulham – click here

Fulham Mad – click here

Ed: we tried to contact There’s Only One F in Fulham for a pre-match Fanzine Craic but it seems they might have gone to sleep. 

Predictions

Win 2-1.

Bent, Duff, Parker, Hughes. You know the drill.

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10 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Fulham, 31/Aug/13, KO: 3pm, St. James’ Park, Premier League.

  1. STEPHEN B says:

    So you want us to boo and hiss at Hughes and Parker but forgive and show a bit of love to that F C Cabaye. Give me those two men rather than that huffy little rat anyday.

  2. Ross Jones says:

    If anyone deserves any s**t it’s Damien Duff

  3. STEPHEN B says:

    David, ermm ! well what do you think he means by “Duff,Hughes,Parker – you know the drill” ? run on the pitch and give them a hug ????

  4. David Chapman says:

    No, I think he means one of them will score against us.

    On the game itself, I think Fulham have a very good side this season, Taarabt – Berbatov is the kind of forward line we can only dream of, I don’t rate Parker or Hughes and Duff has always been the kind of footballer who looks knackered before he leaves the dressing room and would be used as an impact sub at best.

    Long hard game ahead of us here like, they’ve spent well and the only hope we have is that Dutch international keeper they have is injured.

  5. Chris Betts says:

    Stephen B,

    I meant one of them will probably score. The ex mags, well, because they’re ex mags and Bent because we spent ages trying to sign him.

    I can’t see how booing any Newcastle player helps our cause, if you feel different then I’m all for hearing your thoughts

  6. Mikey says:

    They have spent well…but still have a mish mash defence in being slightly clueless , if we can get our heads round that, maybe a win…otherwise we are fucked

  7. TSAH says:

    Can’t believe you got the 83/84 result wrong Mick – it’s one of my favourite formative memories of standing in the Scoreboard!

    Twas 3-2 that day and Mills / Wharton’s goals both cam in the last couple of minutes when we were 2-1 down…cue bedlam!

    It was bonfire night as well – when you are 10 Saturdays don’t get much better than what I have just described!

    Seriously though Mick, Saturday special is a cracking idea – keep up the good work!

  8. I missed it in the edit mate – the author is Chris Betts who is currently sitting in the corner with his Dunce’s cap on. Strangely enough, I took my kid brother to this game and got him a “seat” next to where I sat at the time on my season ticket in the front row of The Benches. One of the happiest memories we have together at St James’ Park as we both jumped on the cinder track when the winner went in. Happy days.

    Glad you like the true faith : SATURDAY SPECIAL – all young Mr Harrison’s work.

  9. STEPHEN B says:

    Chris Betts – i read your opinions and of course you are quite entitled to them, that’s what we are all here for. I apologise (and to Mr D.Chapman), yes, i did misinterpret your comment re Parker, Hughes etc but given your history of absolutely slaughtering ex Newcastle players in print i present that as my defence.
    Until Cabaye comes out and tells us that he was withdrawn from the Man City game by NUFC then i will cut him absolutely no slack. Until Cabaye comes out and tells us he was ready and happy to play against West Ham i will cut him absolutely no slack. For the record i didn’t boo him, i don’t boo, i didn’t join the ‘the love in’ either, nor do i scream and shout abuse. What i do do though is say my piece in the pub or wherever to the lads and whoever else wants to hear my humble opinion. And for the record this is what i’ve had to say recently, Yohan Cabaye is a f…ing c..t and he can f..k off to Arsenal, they win nowt as well. All i want from our players is honesty and commitment whilst they are paid by Newcastle United. I do not begrudge any of them more money and a transfer to a more ambitious club but just do it the right way. Yohan Cabaye in my humble opinion has not done it in the right way.