Sports Mole previews Saturday’s FA Cup clash between Fulham and Newcastle United, including predictions, team news and possible teams.
Unfazed by a painful exit from the EFL Cup final, Fulham will try to find a small slice of redemption on Saturday, when Newcastle United to Craven Cottage for theirs FA Cup the fourth issue.
The Cottagers needed just one goal to get past Rotherham United in the third round, right Eddie HoweThe hosts put three Tyne-Wear Sunderland strikers unanswered.
A game show
Although he scored one goal to return to the kings of Liverpool in the first leg of the semi-final of the EFL Cup, the writing was not on the wall of Fulham in front of the second Wednesday, but. Luis DiazThe ‘slow strike made the Cottagers’ uphill climb a little steeper.
Fulham number one Bernd Leno He wouldn’t have wanted to see Diaz’s goal again – the former Arsenal man would have done better in the near post – but the ex-Liverpool striker produced a substitute in the second half. Harry Wilson set up Issa Diop to the matchers of the hosts at night.
Another 15 minutes was not enough Marco SilvaThe club will be pushing for an extra 30, having missed out on the West London final against Chelsea next month, but the Cottagers – without a major trophy in their 145-year history – are still in the FA Cup race. .
A strong XI worked hard in their third game against heavy seeded Rotherham, though. Bobby Decordova-ReidThe first-half strike has seen Fulham reach the fourth round for the fifth year in a row, but they have only won one of their last four games so far.
That success came in the 2022-23 campaign, when they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Manchester United after beating Sunderland in the fourth round, who coincidentally fell to the visitors’ title on Saturday at Craven Cottage in the third round of this season. .
Although Newcastle have European ambitions while their Tyne-Wear rivals Sunderland compete in the Championship doldrums, animosity still runs high between the two North-East rivals, who meet again at the Stadium of Light on January 6.
Magpies boss Howe had overseen a run of four successive defeats in all competitions before the third round, but for a brace of away goals. Alexander Isak is the opening goal from which Daniel BallardNewcastle got the chance to boast a top-four finish without breaking too much of a sweat.
The visitors were on the verge of following up the derby excitement with a victory over Manchester City, but they ran into trouble. Kevin De Bruyne they lost 3-2 in the Premier League, leaving them in the unknown position of 10th in the top table.
However, sending Sunderland packing meant that Newcastle found a miserable way to go out three times in a row, but they have only gone through four times once in the last 18 years, surprisingly bowing to the supremacy of Man City in a 2-0 defeat in 2019. -20 in the last quarter.
The Magpies are on the verge of setting an unnecessary FA Cup record this week – they could become the first Premier League side to lose eight in a row against top-flight sides – but their most recent Premier League win was a triumph. a 3-0 win over hosts Fulham on December 16.
Fulham FA Cup form:
Fulham form (all competitions):
Newcastle United FA Cup form:
Newcastle United form (all competitions):
Fulham’s Africa Cup of Nations three Fode Ballo-Toure, Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi he is no longer with Silva at the moment, as Senegal and Nigeria made it to the finals, Adam TraoreThe thigh is still giving him grief.
Given the 72-hour turnaround, a return to the squad is unlikely for Traore, and while Silva did not lose any players to injury in their EFL Cup second-leg tie against Liverpool, fatigue could force some changes.
Wilson, Aunt Kenny and Harrison Reed he is one of the players on the bench on Wednesday who has to enforce Silva’s ideas, while Leno has to pass on the goalkeeper’s gloves. Marek Rodakas was the case with Rotherham.
In the case of Newcastle, Joelinton‘s season could end well after the midfielder underwent hip surgery, in his absence Sandro Tonali (suspension), Nick Pope (shoulder), Elliot Anderson (back), Joe Willock (calf), Harvey Barnes (foot), Matt Target (thigh) or Jacob Murphy (shoulder) is back for round four.
Howe didn’t expect it either Callum Wilson return from his calf strain in time for Saturday’s game – tomorrow’s second meeting with Aston Villa is a return day – but Tino Livramento he must return to the illness that prevented him from losing to City.
His friend is right behind Kieran Trippier it was exciting news from Bayern Munich a few days ago, but the German giants have now given up their pursuit of the England international, who should lead the Magpies as captain at Craven Cottage.
Fulham are expected to start:
Rodak; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Wilson, Pereira, Decordova-Reid; Jimenez
Newcastle United expected to start:
Dubravka; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Miley; Almiron, Isaac, Gordon
We say: Fulham 0-2 Newcastle United
Fulham deserve a few blows for their valiant effort against Liverpool in midweek, but a debilitating midweek fixture and a confidence-shattering result leave them at risk of more trouble.
A two-week break from competitive work is just what the doctor ordered for Newcastle, who must take advantage of Fulham’s tired legs to extend their FA Cup campaign.
For detailed analysis of possible results, scores and other details of this match please click here.