Preview: Fulham vs. Newcastle United

Preview: Fulham vs. Newcastle
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Sports Mole previews Fulham's clash with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday.

Newcastle United will be seeking their first away win of the season in the Premier League on Monday when they travel to London to take on Fulham.

Alan Pardew's side have picked up just four points from a possible 21 on the road and are currently 14th in the league table, just four points above the relegation zone.

However, the Magpies will be boosted by their 3-0 home win against Wigan Athletic last weekend that saw them end a run of four successive league defeats.

Meanwhile, Martin Jol's Fulham are level on 17 points with Newcastle but a place above them in 13th because of a better goal difference.

The Cottagers are also struggling for points at the moment, as they have not won in their last seven Premier League matches.

Fulham will welcome back captain Brede Hangeland from a three-match suspension and the defender is likely to replace Philippe Senderos in defence.

Alex Kacaniklic and Sascha Riether are back from injuries, but forward Bryan Ruiz is out for at least four more weeks with a hamstring injury.

Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa all have recovered their fitness and could start for Newcastle.

Demba Ba could recover from a hamstring injury he picked up last weekend, but Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are definitely out of the Monday night clash.

Recent form

Fulham: DLLDL
Newcastle United: DLLWL

Possible starting lineups:

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Diarra, Kacaniklic; Petric, Berbatov

Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Perch, Santon; Gutierrez, Tiote, Anita, Ben Arfa; Cisse, Ba

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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