31 minutes: Fulham are effectively on prime right here, and appear to have so many attacking choices. This time, Lemina’s diagonal catches Paul Dummett chilly and Decordova-Reid is in. He has to stretch to attach on the volley although, and Darlow is ready to flip it away!
29 minutes: Lookman flicks the ball past Yedlin and races into the world, earlier than taking place because the gamers collide. No penalty, however one other Fulham nook which Darlow collects.
26 minutes: Lookman’s free kick is blocked by Fernandez, atoning for a foul that very practically led to a Fulham penalty. The nook is headed broad by Adarabioyo, who had discovered a pocket of area. One other first rate alternative for the guests.
25 minutes: Anguissa does brilliantly to mix with Lookman, earlier than prodding the ball by way of to Decordova-Reid, who’s onside. Darlow races out to smother his shot, however play might be known as again for a foul on Anguissa by Fernandez, about six inches exterior the world…
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22 minutes: Shelvey pounces on a weak defensive header and Newcastle have Fulham on the again foot, however they take too lengthy working the ball round earlier than Yedlin’s cross is headed effectively over by Joelinton.
20 minutes: It’s been an pleasing, knockabout first 20 minutes with Fulham making marginally the higher openings.
17 minutes: Yedlin flicks the ball over his marker and scoots to the byline, sending in a harmful cross. Within the buildup, Joelinton nicked the ball away from Cairney and replays present the Fulham man standing on his opponent’s calf. No motion is taken; it’s laborious to inform if it was intentional.
15 minutes: Longstaff and Robinson fly right into a 50-50 problem that has Andy Hinchcliffe salivating within the commentary field. Ritchie picks up the free ball and skews an formidable effort effectively broad.
14 minutes: Should you’ll forgive my stating the apparent, the primary purpose could possibly be essential.
13 minutes: Newcastle win a free kick, which Fernandez nods again throughout purpose. Areola seems to be unsure once more, however the offside flag involves his assist.
11 minutes: First rate opening for Fulham, Aina’s deep cross touchdown in entrance of Cairney, whose toe-poke is deflected over by Shelvey. The nook is cleared however Fulham come once more, and Anguissa’s cross finds Lookman unmarked. His header is straight at Karl Darlow; both aspect and it’s in all probability 1-0.
9 minutes: Ritchie swings in a cross that Wilson connects with, however his looping header is easy sufficient for Areola to take care of. A little bit of pleasure down Fulham’s left already for Newcastle although.
8 minutes: Lookman is caught by a Newcastle transfer down the proper, however Antonee Robinson offers with it. The nook is available in, Areola fairly flaps at it, earlier than Shelvey’s shot from the sting of the world is blocked.
7 minutes: Fulham have definitely come to play, zipping the ball round of their zesty vivid yellow shirts. Lookman is out on the left however dovetailing with Cairney and transferring centrally when he can.
5 minutes: Matt Ritchie bustles down the proper however his low cross is lower out. Fulham take care of the nook and work the ball upfield, the place Cairney and Mitrovic mix properly. Ola Aina’s overhit cross brings an finish to the break.
3 minutes: Fulham win a free kick on the left, which Ademola Lookman swings into the world. Fernández nods away for a nook, from which Mario Lemina’s shot is charged down.
1 min: Seconds after the kick-off, Mitrovic beats Longstaff within the air and has a go from a protracted, good distance out. It flies excessive and broad, however he’s clearly up for this towards his previous membership.
The gamers take a collective knee earlier than Graham Scott blows his whistle.
A late change for Fulham: Ivan Cavaleiro has been injured within the warm-up, so Bobby Decordova-Reid will begin in his place, dropping into what seems to be a three-man attacking midfield behind Mitrovic.
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Not a variety of optimism on the market…
In the meantime, right here’s Fulham fan Richard Hirst: “Optimistic state of affairs: Palace sack Roy after at this time’s drubbing, Fulham carry him again to mentor Scott, he saves us from relegation and takes us to the Europa League closing in two years time (although possibly with a distinct consequence). I’ll get up earlier than kick off!”
Listed here are each managers, each moving into on what is going to certainly be a well-liked them over this relentless Christmas spell:
Steve Bruce on Covid absences: “We have now to just accept it, get on with and never make excuses. We’re making an attempt to freshen issues up tonight. Getting to twenty factors by Christmas can be an achievement.”
Scott Parker: “We’re coming right into a busy schedule, and utilizing our squad to get us by way of. We’re trying to freshen it up, trigger Newcastle issues and get some extra factors.”
It’s completed Everton 2-1 Arsenal at Goodison Park. Arsenal had possibilities within the second half, however it’s an eighth defeat in 14 video games. If Newcastle win tonight, they’ll be six factors above the Gunners with a recreation in hand; if Fulham win, they’ll be inside two factors of Arsenal. Mercy me.
This Newcastle fan is hyped for the massive recreation:
Into harm time at Goodison Park the place Arsenal are at it once more. Everton lead 2-1; be part of Rob Smyth for the ultimate throes.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Darlow; Yedlin, Fernández, Clark, Dummett; Almíron, Sean Longstaff, Shelvey, Ritchie; Wilson, Joelinton.
Subs: Carroll, Gayle, Hayden, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Fraser, Murphy, Gillespie.
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Zambo Anguissa, Lemina; Ivan Cavaleiro, Cairney, Lookman; Mitrovic.
Subs: Hector, Odoi, Rodak, Ream, Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Reed, Bryan, Kamara.
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)
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Christmas is cancelled, however no less than the soccer’s on. It’s time to hunker down for the festive deluge of Premier League video games, faintly ridiculous even in regular circumstances however a welcome diversion, if we’re being trustworthy.
Newcastle, nonetheless tormented by a Covid-19 outbreak on the membership, face Manchester Metropolis, Liverpool and Leicester subsequent within the league, sandwiched between Cup ties at Brentford and Arsenal. A house win right here of any type can be most welcome.
That stated, Scott Parker’s aspect may also have this down as a uncommon winnable recreation with Southampton, Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United arising within the subsequent month. The goalless draw with Brighton was a missed alternative, and Fulham nonetheless linger within the backside three regardless of improved kind.
Kick-off is at 8pm, GMT. Crew information to observe.
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