Newcastle vs Fulham: Premier League preview

Steve Bruce will once again be missing several players amid fears two are suffering from long-term Covid-19, with a 5-2 defeat at Leeds United in midweek no surprise given the circumstances.

As for Fulham, Scott Parker‘s side have picked up five points from their last four games – including a draw against Liverpool – to spark hopes that they can mount a credible fight against relegation.

Newcastle vs Fulham prediction: 1-1 draw

Both sides will feel they can take a victory this weekend, though neither team’s defence is completely trustworthy. A point apiece would probably be a good result for both Bruce and Parker.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Newcastle vs Fulham is scheduled for an 8pm kick-off on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

The game will be played behind-closed-doors at St James’ Park, with Newcastle under Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch Newcastle vs Fulham

TV channel: The game will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online on Sky’s website or via the SkyGo app.

Newcastle vs Fulham team news

Magpies pair saac Hayden and defender Federico Fernandez both played at Leeds in midweek after recovering from the virus, but more unnamed members of the squad are still unavailable – with two in particular unwell.

Defenders Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar and striker Allan Saint-Maximin have been missing in recent weeks, but Andy Carroll is approaching full fitness after a calf problem, while keeper Martin Dubravka is closing in on his return.

Newcastle provisional squad: Darlow, Gillespie, Lewis, Yedlin, Dummett, Fernandez, Krafth, Clark, Hayden, S. Longstaff, Hendrick, Shelvey, Ritchie, Murphy, M. Longstaff, Almiron, Wilson, Joelinton, Carroll, Gayle.

Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid faces a late fitness check. The 27-year-old forward has picked up a quad concern, and will be checked at the last minute.

Former Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will come into contention to start against his old club, as he continues to shake off recent injury issues.

Fulham provisional squad: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Decordova-Reid, Anguissa, Reed, Robinson, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Cavaleiro, Rodak, Odoi, Mitrovic, Cairney, Ream, Lemina, Kamara.

Newcastle vs Fulham h2h Premier League results

Last meeting: Fulham 0-4 Newcastle (December 22, 2018)

Newcastle vs Fulham odds and betting tips (subject to change)

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