Fulham v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Fulham v Newcastle United

Premier League: Sun, 12/05  Stadium: Craven Cottage

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Both teams should have enough attacking threat to trouble each other, so Fulham and Newcastle both to score at 8/13 looks a good proposition, available with Bet365. Aleksandar Mitrovic will be keen to sign off in style on what is likely to be his last appearance for the Cottagers, and is good value at 6/4 to score anytime, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Relegated Fulham take on safe again Newcastle United in what could potentially be an entertaining afternoon in SW London, with both teams free from the shackles of anything meaningful riding on this game.

Parker lands the role full-time

For Scott Parker, the last game of a traumatic season for the home side will also coincide the start of his reign as permanent manager, with the caretaker role being upgraded to a full-time position this week. Under Parker the Cottagers have shown a lot more discipline and fight in recent weeks, winning three of their last four games to at least restore some pride to what has been a deeply scarring season at the Cottage.

Parker’s first big job will be to reassess his squad, with the huge wage bill of the current team unlikely to be sustainable on income derived from playing in the Championship. There are question marks too around two of their key players, with Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrovic likely to be making swift returns to the Premier League. The Serbian ironically enough could be playing his last game in a Fulham shirt against the team that brought him to England originally, with his ill-fated spell at Newcastle United not working out for the talented striker before his switch to Fulham.

Rafa’s last stand?

Whilst Scott Parker begins his permanent managerial reign, a veteran manager could well be coming to the end of his. Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez still has not signed on for beyond this season, making this fixture potentially his swansong. The Spaniard is hugely popular with the Toon Army, as witnessed by the fans chanting his name throughout the thrilling 3-2 home loss against Liverpool last weekend, and his potential departure will be a huge loss to Newcastle. With a frugal approach to spending however, it seems the club may force Benitez’s hand and ultimately see him leave the club, with Benitez unlikely to be keen in trying to work on a shoestring budget and keep the club afloat again season after season.

Team News

Fulham will continue to monitor the progress of full-back Denis Odoi, who missed last weekend’s  defeat by Wolves after being concussed in the victory over Cardiff last month.

Newcastle will be without South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng who is ruled out of because of a knee injury Full-back DeAndre Yedlin has undergone groin surgery this week and will also be missing, and will be joined by longer-term injury casualties Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejeune.

Entertaining clash could end all square

With very much an end of season feel with little riding on it, both sides will be looking to play with the handbrake off and a chance to show some attacking quality and finish the season with a flurry. Newcastle’s front two of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez are likely to test Fulham’s newly found defensive resilience, whilst former Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic would love to put one over on his former club in what is likely to be last appearance for his current one. It all points to an entertaining clash that could end all square with both teams cancelling each other out when the dust settles.

Both teams should have enough attacking threat to trouble each other, so Fulham and Newcastle both to score at 8/13 looks a good proposition, available with Bet365. Aleksandar Mitrovic will be keen to sign off in style on what is likely to be his last appearance for the Cottagers, and is good value at 6/4 to score anytime, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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