Martin Jol’s team began the campaign in promising fashion although the Cottagers are now seven games without a victory and have been slipping down the table towards the dreaded relegation zone as a result.
Even so, most firms offer odds-on about Fulham winning the Monday night top flight encounter and the best price is even money (Paddy Power free bets), with the west London side being trounced 3-0 at home to Tottenham last weekend and it was Sunderland who left with a 3-1 win on the previous occasion.
Jol has issued a rallying call ahead of this game calling on his team to stand up and be counted, although much depends on the form of Dimitar Berbatov and the Bulgarian has not scored for four games running since bagging a brace during that 3-3 draw at the Emirates.
Perhaps Berbatov will have some joy against a Newcastle team that struggle on the road right now, with odds of 5/1 (BetVictor) about the forward breaking the deadlock, while Mladen Petric is a 6/1 chance with the same firm.
The Magpies haven’t won any of their away games this season although the same applied to Norwich before they claimed a 4-3 victory at Swansea. Alan Pardew has been unlucky with injuries and a 3-0 win against Wigan last Monday suggested brighter times are ahead for a team who had previously gone seven games without a victory.
Newcastle are probably the value bet at 16/5 (Betfred bookmaker) to break their duck on the road, with United having led at Stoke recently before conceding two late goals, while Demba Ba continues to score for fun this season.